4 Simple Ways To Pet Proof Your Home This Fall
How to keep your pet safe inside your home during the fall and winter months.
Now that we have officially reached the start of fall, our pets (and we, ourselves) are going to be spending a lot more time inside, hidden away from the increasingly cold temperatures that come with the changing seasons. Even if you are lucky enough to live in an area where the temperatures don’t get too chilly, being holed up inside even for a few extra hours each day is enough to make pets restless and curious to investigate the different areas of your home that they may not usually bother with during the busy summer days.
However, there are many areas of our home which may seem innocent enough to pet owners, but could potentially be very dangerous to pets if they get too curious and decide to investigate them. For instance, a supply closet full of cleaning products that is left open, or spilled oil or gasoline out in the garage.
To help keep your pets healthy while they are spending long hours indoors this fall, here are four simple ways in which you can pet proof your home and keep your animals safe:
1. Choose Safe Toys
While your dogs idea of a good time during the summer months might involve catching the ball in the backyard or going for a visit at the dog park, most afternoons during the fall and winter are spent enjoying the simple pleasures of their favorite toy. However, not all pet toys are created equal, so many sure you are giving your dog a toy that is safe for their size. Also be sure that you are choosing toys that are specifically meant for dogs, and not simple household items such as old shoes, socks, water bottles, etc. Not only can they be hazardous to their health, but they also teach bad habits!
2. Use Pet-Safe Cleaning Supplies
If you are constantly cleaning up spills on your carpet or wiping down the furniture with disinfectant wipes, double check that the supplies you are using are 100% pet safe. You would be surprised how many cleaning products have dangerous chemicals or bleach in them, and are regularly used around common household areas where our pets sleep, eat or play.
3. Keep Dangerous Products Far Out Of Reach From Pets
If you do happen to have cleaning products that are hazardous to pets but you simply can’t do without them, be sure to keep these products far out of reach of your animals. For instance, high up on a shelf in a closet or in a cabinet that is high above a pet’s point of reach. Many pet owners make the mistake of storing their most dangerous cleaning products below their sinks or on the floor of the laundry room. However, all it takes is one very curious pet to find their way into these low areas.
4. Explore Your House From Your Pet’s Point of View
When all else fails and you can’t find anything of danger to your pets, get down to their level and explore your home. When you are on your hands and knees, you suddenly realize just how accessible things such as loose wires, toy pieces and candy wrappers can be to your ever-curious pets. Therefore, take this simple extra step to ensure that you have hidden away anything that may be potentially dangerous to your pets.
Do you have any other tips for pet proofing your home? Be sure to let us know in the comments below! We may even share some of our favorite suggestions on our Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets Facebook page.
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