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Household Dangers

Pet Proofing Your Home

Just as parents childproof their home, so should pet owners. These four-legged members of your family, like infants and small children, are naturally curious and love to explore their environment with their paws, claws, and mouths.
However, they do not know what is dangerous and what is not. Therefore, it is up to you to make your home a safe haven. Our animal hospital has composed a list of tips to help ensure your pet enjoys a long, happy, and accident-free life in your care.
All around the House
• Screen windows to guard against falls.
• Do not let young pets out on balconies, upper porches, or high decks.
• Many houseplants, including dieffenbachia, elephant ear, spider plants, and more are poisonous if eaten. Remove them or put them out of reach in
_hanging baskets.
• Puppies love to chew when they are teething, so unplug, remove, or cover electrical cords.
• Do not leave a room unattended where a fire is lit or a space heater is being used.
• Plastic bags may be fun to play with, but they can suffocate.
• If your pet can put something in his mouth, he probably will. Do not leave small, sharp, easily swallowed objects lying around.
In the Garage
• Pets like the smell and taste of antifreeze and windshield washer. Tightly cover their containers and wipe up any spills.
• Paint, gasoline, and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of reach.
In the Kitchen, Laundry Room, & Bathroom
• Do not leave burners or irons left unattended.
• Dangerous household chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia, should be stored out of your pet's reach.
• Close washer and dryer lids. Your pet might climb in, and he or she may become trapped.
• Keep toilet lids down. Small pets can actually drown, if they fall in.
• Medicines, shampoo, suntan lotions, and other personal care items can kill your pet. Make sure he or she cannot get hold of them.
Out in the Yard
• Some outdoor plants, like ivy and oleander, can be poisonous to pets.
• Keep pets away from lawns and gardens treated with chemicals.
• Store garden tools and chemicals securely. Keep garden sheds locked.
• Cover swimming pools and hot tubs. Your pet might fall in and not be able to get out.
Dog-Gone Disasters
• Eliminate hooks or similar objects placed at your dog's shoulder height. The collar or harness could become tangled, and your pet could choke.
• A tall perimeter or invisible electrical fence around your property will minimize the risk of your dog running out into traffic or roaming far from home.
Home for the Holiday
• Tinsel and icicles, Christmas tree lights and glass ornaments will be sure to tempt your pet's curiosity, but all could be lethal if chewed or swallowed.
• Poinsettia, holly, and mistletoe are poisonous to your pets.
Contact Twin City Animal Hospital in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, today at (978) 343-3049 and schedule your pet an appointment with our veterinarian.