While your furry friend might be the missing element in making your house your home, not taking care to pet proof could result in a poor end for your house- and your dog!
Indoor animals are known to destruct certain things in your home, from furniture to flooring, and certain things can even pose a threat to their health in the case of eating something poisonous to them or the likes.
If you are inviting a dog to join your family and co-habit with you, here are some considerations that will help you prepare your home to minimize risks:
Go Through Your House Plants
While cats are much more likely to chew on leaves than dogs, man’s best friend is known to eat house and outdoor plants when given the chance. Do your research or consult with your local nursery when buying plants for landscaping or decorating your interiors.
Get a Garbage Can with a Lid
Dogs love getting into the garbage. And while the smell and less-than-pleasant cleanup should have you looking for a solution after the first incident, consider that they could eat something that could hurt them, like a wrapper or some other indigestible garbage.
Hide Your Meds
Much like you do with little kids, you must limit the access your dog will have to medications. Childproof locks will not keep them from chewing through the packaging and devouring everything that spills out. An accident like this can be fatal, and even if you don’t see any symptoms immediately after your pets medicate themselves, they should be given veterinary care to get better– make sure to bring the remains of the bottle or pills with you.
It should come as no “shock” that dogs tend to gravitate towards cords and other electrical aspects of your appliances. These are often a little gummy, making it especially appealing (and dangerous) to the pup. Chewing through a plugged-in cord could mean electrocution, burns, as well as damage to your house or apartment.
Start Closing Doors
While having your doors open is a beautiful concept, it makes controlling the whereabouts of your dog much more difficult. You have to plan for situations when your dog gets to any space in the house, just in case, but you can limit its access to certain dangers by just closing the door. It will take a while to get into the habit of doing so, but you’ll be happy you did on days you are air-drying socks, or your child is building a model train on his or her bedroom floor.
It takes the same investment of time and money into preparing your home for a baby as for a dog. Both are crafty at getting into trouble but don’t understand verbal rules when you explain them. Do it well though, and you can have a little more peace of mind that your charges, and your home, are still there at the end of the day.