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Posted on 09-04-2012
We consider education one of the important pet services we provide here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic. So here are a few ways owners can pet proof their homes for an animal-friendly household:
Hide wires, cords and cables. Curious pets who try to chew on or play with loose wiring can electrocute themselves or knock over an attached component, causing injuries that might require pet surgery.
Have a pet-friendly holiday. When trimming your tree, try not to let lights, decorations and tinsel hang low enough for pets to get into them. As mentioned above, electrical wiring can electrocute your pet, while tinsel can cause serious digestive issues if swallowed. If you are traveling this holiday season, have our boarding facility look after your pet until you return.
Restrict access to potential toxins. Hide pesticides, medicines and household cleaners behind locking cabinet doors. Even certain foods harmless to humans, such as chocolate, can seriously harm animals. Clear foodstuffs off of kitchen counters and pick up any crumbs or spills immediately.
Check your driveway. Automotive fluids can be deadly if ingested, so if your vehicle is leaking fluids onto your driveway or garage floor, clean them up and have the leaks fixed. Always check underneath your car for reclining animals before backing out and driving away.
Install toddler safety gates. These gates are easily to open and close, unless you happen to be a baby or a pet, enabling you to block off certain rooms as needed. For instance, you could add a gate to a nook containing your trashcans so your pet cannot topple the trashcans over and feed on the contents.
If your pet gets into trouble even after you have pet-proofed your home, stay calm -- our Canton veterinarians can help. You can also rely on us for emergency care, boarding, grooming and other pet services to keep your pet safe and sound.
What pet proofing measures have you already taken? Share them with our readers!
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