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Making your house safe, especially for your pets, should be a
very high priority on your list of things to do.
There are obvious and then the subtle dangers of any house setting
that should be addressed out of concern for your pets' safety.
With the above in mind, here are just a few
things that you should consider doing:
shade and food a must. As a rule of thumb, you may want to
strive to have at least two bowls of water and two bowls of food
for your pets in the yard. Furthermore, you should rely on creating
either natural shade for your pets through the plantation of
bushy trees or artificial shade for your pets with the use of
gazebos, canopies, tents, huge umbrellas, etc.
as antifreeze / coolant, must be properly stored away from
pets. Properly store all chemicals per their respective
manufacturer's instructions and local regulations, and this
includes antifreeze / coolant. Like other harmful
chemicals, antifreeze / coolant should not be left anywhere near
your animals or where they may be able to reach such chemicals.
The reason is simple: While you know antifreeze / coolant
is harmful to ingest, pets are without that key information, and
a chemical like antifreeze / coolant laying around can easily
become something a pet ingests because, like some other
chemicals, it inherently smells and tastes sweet. In this
vein, antifreeze / coolant and other chemicals should be stored
and used away from pets, especially since just a small amount of
antifreeze / coolant can do substantial harm to a pet, even
cause it to die.
no-no's. When having your pets in the house, you must be
considerate of the potential dangers your holiday decorations
may pose to them. For example, a Christmas tree may easily
tip over and fall if a cat--cats of which are known to
do--decides to climb it, so make sure the tree is secure in its
tree stand and even support its standing with wall ties, etc.
Other decorations, like tinsel, should also be restricted to
only high levels of the tree and other high points of the house,
or tinsel may even be eliminated altogether, as tinsel can cause
serious ingestion problems for pets if swallowed.
and other cables. Your electrical cords and other cables
should be neatly organized so as to prevent your pets from
biting a hold of, and subsequently inadvertently strangling themselves with, a cord around their neck,
or becoming electrocuted instead. You also want
to tightly control your electrical cords so that your pets
won't accidentally jerk on them so as to cause whatever are
attached to such cords to fall on them. To help prevent
this from happening, bundle or otherwise tie up your electrical
cords and other cables together, using cable ties to tie such
cords to a stable structure, such as a table leg; you may also
consider using specialized cord organizers or cable organizers,
or even devices that shorten electrical cords and other cables.
Of all the things you shouldn't do, at the top of this do-not-do
list is the handing out of chocolate to dogs. Chocolate
kills dogs. Even a small amount of chocolate given to a
dog may cause serious health repercussions such as seizures,
muscle-control failure, diarrhea, and even vomiting, among other
consequential injuries. This is all due to the toxic
element of chocolate to dogs, which is theobromine.
Immediately contact a local veterinarian or poison control if you believe your dog
has ingested any amount of chocolate.
Plants that you
shouldn't have. Plants are nice to have. They begin
to be unpleasant to have when they threaten the lives of your
pets. In this vein, you should always choose plants that
not only look nice, but also can get along with others,
including your pets. Thus, toxic plants like Poinsettia,
Day Lilly, and Narcissus should be kept far away from your pets.
These are just some safety measures you can take
in the interests of keeping your pets safe at home.
Contact your local veterinarian, animal shelter and humane society
for more information.
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