Keep your pets safe at home

We hear about baby proofing our homes but how many people pet proof their homes? Many pet accidents occur because of human error. Below are some helpful tips to keep your pet safe at home.

  • Consider keeping your cat as an indoor cat. Outdoor cats live about two to three years, but an indoor cat can live up to 20 years. As well, you do not have to worry about other wildlife, getting lost, being hit by a car or cat diseases like feline leukemia.
  • Store cleaning supplies in safe areas your pet cannot access. Many cleaners have a sweet smell and taste that attracts animals. You can even install childproof latches to cupboards, if necessary.
  • Keep garbage containers placed in a secure cupboard or area. Garbage can upset their stomachs, but also items like chicken bones can lodge in throats and become a choking hazard.
  • Pick up small children’s toys that can be a choking hazard or injure a paw if stepped on. Having worked at a vet clinic, I saw cases come in from swallowing foreign objects — pennies, Barbie shoes, bottle caps, just to name a few. It can and does happen.
  • When young pets are teething they like to chew on pretty much anything. Keep electrical wires safely behind furniture and appliances unplugged when not in use. This doesn’t always stop after teething, some pets are just natural chewers and will always need monitoring.
  • Get on their level and see what they see. In each room see what they come in contact with, whether choking hazards, wires, cords, chemicals, etc.

We want our pets to live long, healthy lives and it all begins by keeping them safe at home.

—Krista DeCarle is the owner of Royal Pooch Pet Services and is a pet first aid instructor for Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid.