Living with pets is all fun and laughter until they ingest something toxic or get involved in a serious accident in the same space where they are supposed to feel the safest. Domestic pets are perfect animals to share your home with. They are affectionate, playful, and loyal (at least most of them are).
Part of owning a pet comes the responsibility of ensuring their health, well-being, and, above all, their safety. When you think of safety, most people visualize threats outside the house. However, the real threats may be much closer than you think.
According to numerous veterinarians, most pets face more danger inside their homes than they do outside. If you care a whole lot about your pet, you should be the first to make sure they never get into harm’s way. A good place to start would be to make sure that you protect them from common household dangers. How? Read on to find out more.
Keep All Toxic Foods and Substances Away
The number one culprit behind poisoning in pets comes from eating toxic foods and substances at home. For instance, a good number of foods are quite safe and particularly delicious for humans to consume. Such foods are always within reach on the kitchen countertops, low lying shelves, and in the living room. Unfortunately, these are the same areas that most pets like to hangout.
They end up eating toxic foods like candy, garlic, onions, and coffee, among other foods. They may also partake in sugary or fatty foods, which, while not directly toxic, they overwork your pet’s pancreas causing inflammation hence proving indirectly toxic.
Be careful also not to feed raw meat with sharp bones to your pet. The splinters from the bones and their sharp ends can cause your pet to choke when swallowing.
Eliminate All Harmful Plants From Your Space
If you have a flower garden in your back yard or you have live plants in your kitchen or living room spaces, you must like how they accentuate and improve your spaces. On the flip side, certain plants can prove harmful to your pet’s well-being if ingested.
Common plants like Daffodils, lilies, mistletoe, eucalyptus, Rhubarb leaves, and aloe Vera are only a few examples in a long list of plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. The more playful and curious your pet is, the higher their risk of ingesting such plants. Here is a list of common garden plants that can be toxic to your pets.
Pets like to play around and ravage through stuff at home. More often than not, they use their mouths as well as their paws to destroy plants. The end result is kidney failure, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, or heart problems for the pet.
Properly Fix and Hide Electric Sockets and Cords
Cats welcome any opportunity to play and roll around in anything that looks long and stringy. It can be yarn or a rope that they are playing with. But what happens if thy mistake a live electric cord from their usual thread? Dogs, birds, goats, guinea pigs, you name it, whichever pet you keep in your home is in danger if they are exposed to live electric wires and exposed cords or sockets.
Pets either have sharp teeth, beaks, or paws that can easily tear through the toughest of electric cord insulation. This will not only lead to them getting electrocuted, they may also, in the process, seriously burn their mouth too. A severe electric shock will damage the functions of various organs like their lungs and heart.
To keep your pet away from electric sockets and cords, you have a number of viable solutions. Some pet owners use non toxic spray on the cables hoping to repel their pets. Others tie up any loose cords and hide them behind furniture or somewhere discrete. You could also place nontoxic plants or coverings on sockets that are close to the floors.
Store Away Household Cleaners and Medications
Detergent, bleach, laundry cleaners, and disinfectants should all have a designated cabinet or shelf that’s either kept under lock and key or is too high up for your pet to gain access. Human medications like Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and health supplements/vitamins should also be stored inside a medicine cabinet or drawer out of your pet’s reach. The same applies for gardening supplies and rodent poisons, and killers/traps.
If ingested, these household substances are not only toxic but can also cause your pet a great deal of inconvenience. They may get proper treatment from the vet, but they may also suffer health conditions that limit their body function and well-being.
Be careful not to let your cat or dog inside a space that you’ve just mopped using one of the toxic cleaners. Keep them out of the wet area, at least until it is dry. Most products have labels that offer guidelines on how to use them around children and pets.
Keep Pets Away from Toilets, Sinks and Bathtubs
Cats and small dogs are the most likely to fall and drown inside the toilet bowl, sinks, and bathtubs. If the sink bathtub or toilet bowl is empty, there’s not much of a threat to your pet getting injured or drowning. However, if you were preparing some bathwater, you have a sin with running water or a toilet bowl that has got some water inside, these make for a perfect spot to drown your pet.
Always keep a watchful eye out for your pet, if you can’t see them around or if they go too long without heeding your calls. Ensure that you have them locked outside the toilet and bathroom whenever you are taking a toilet break or drawing yourself a bath. Better yet, keep them out of these areas altogether.
If you can’t, make it a habit to keep the toilet lid closed when it’s not in use, keep the bathtub, and all the sinks dry too.
Beware of Small Objects
Rubber bands, paper pins, twist ties, hairpins, coins, and sewing needles are all items commonly found in any household. They are also notorious choking hazards for pets that try to swallow them. Small objects can easily attract a cat’s attention and be mistaken for toys. It would be wise for you to scan your room randomly each day to make sure that no small objects are lying on easy to reach areas.
Alternatively, you could also buy your pet-safe toys. This way, they are less bothered about your pins, coins, and needles but are rather more interested in colorful, shiny and noisy toys. Toys explicitly designed for pets do not pose a threat to their well-being. They are large enough not to fit in your pet’s mouth and strong enough to tough out their grips and bites.
What looks like a plant, or a kitchen tool to you, looks entirely different for your dog, cat, pet bird or pet lizard. To them, it looks like a delicious snack or something cute to play with. As a pet owner, it is up to you to realize danger before your pet sets its sights on it.
It helps to squat down to your pet’s eye level to better see your space from their view. Common household dangers are easy to isolate if you remain vigilant and aware of your pet’s whereabouts. At first, it may seem challenging to isolate and remove all household risks, but as time goes by, you get used to spotting hazards, and it becomes second nature.
Ideally you’re going to want to train your puppy or kitten very early. Not just how to obey your commands, but also to recognize those things that could be a danger to them and to stay away from them.