We want our pets to feel comfortable in every area of our home, but some rooms can have them getting up to mischief or even be dangerous for them. If you’re welcoming a puppy into your home or an older pet, you need to make sure that your house is fully pet-proof to prevent them from getting into any trouble.
From chewing things they shouldn’t be to getting on the bed when they aren’t supposed to be upstairs, our furry friends can get into all sorts of trouble. But pet-proofing your home doesn’t need to be hard. Here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms aren’t typically places where we want our pets, but they often find their way in anyway. These rooms are brimming with items that are dangerous for animals, so you need to safeguard them from ingesting something that is going to make them poorly.
Some toxic items that your pet could mistake for a tasty treat include chocolate, avocado, grapes, and alcohol. You can prevent this by installing child-proof latches on low cabinets and investing in pet-safe bins. Keep all unattended food off the counters or in containers with tightly sealed lids.
This is not to mention all the chemicals and ‘toys’ they could find in the bathroom. Always keeping the lid down will keep their heads out of the toilet and always be sure to keep the cupboards closed.
Bedroom and Living Room
These areas don’t pose as much threat to your pets as the kitchen and bathroom, but you still should consider giving them the once over. To keep your furry friends safe in the living room, move any houseplants that could be poisonous out of reach and cover up any dangling wires from electronics and televisions.
Some of us like to cuddle with our pets in bed but your possessions can quickly become their chew toys if left out. Fitted wardrobes can keep your clothing organised and away from nosy paws. The same goes for your laundry and shoes – keep them behind closed doors.
Garden and Garage
If you’re letting your dog outside for toilet breaks, then you need to make sure that your garden is secure. Double-check that all gates are latched, and fence posts secured to prevent any runaways. You might not think it but some outdoor shrubbery is toxic to animals so you will want to invest in some pet-friendly plants.
Our garages are places where we store all sorts of chemicals and sharp objects, so if your pet is going to be spending time there, everything dangerous needs to be locked away. Installing some high shelves and cupboards can make this easier for you.