Thinking about bringing a new furry friend into your home? Make sure your living space is ready to keep Fido safe.
Keep wires out of sight.
Teething puppies are looking for anything and everything to sink their teeth into… don’t let that be your electrical cords! Damaged cords can be both expensive to replace and harmful to your pet. Block access to cables, wrap cords, and provide chewing alternatives to avoid electric shock.
Say no to table scraps.
Don’t be fooled by those sweet puppy eyes! You may be tempted to give your dog access to the fridge, but human food can be life-threatening to pups. Find a safe place to store common food such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, and avocados. Chicken wings and turkey legs are also dangerous choking hazards.
Be aware of toxic house plants.
They may be pretty, but plants are not always pet friendly. Make sure the flowers you bring into your home are pet-approved and placed out of reach. Here's a list of 14 common house plants to watch out for.
Close bathroom doors.
Drinking out of the toilet bowl is a definite no-no, but the bathroom is also home to toxins that your dog can easily get its paws on. Cleansers, detergents, vitamins, medications, and even dental floss can be dangerous if eaten or swallowed. Keep these hazards stored behind cabinet doors.