Happy National Dog Day!
Direct Energy loves all our customers, especially the furry ones. So this National Dog Day, we decided to share our best pet safety tips to keep your pets safe and sound. We’ll walk through your home, room by room, to make sure you know the simplest ways to create a pet-friendly home.
This is arguably one of the most dangerous rooms for your pet, mostly because many foods humans find delicious can have harmful effects on your pets. These items go beyond the well-known chocolate to include coffee, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, avocados, and alcohol. These foods can cause anything from kidney troubles to renal failure.
Tip: Keep you kitchen floor clean of these harmful human foods. Don’t feed your pet scraps from the table, and store food in areas your pet can’t reach.
2) Laundry Room
Detergents, cleaning products like bleach, and even dryer sheets are some of the dangerous products your pet can easily find in your laundry room. Our furry family members have a hard time distinguishing between a fascinating squeaky toy and what is harmful to their health.
Tip: Keep these items on a high shelf in your laundry room. Safely dispose of dryer sheets when emptying the dryer so your pet isn’t enticed to play with them.
3) Living Room
Whether or not you let your pet on the couch is up to your discretion, but you should keep your pets away from electronics. What gives humans hours of entertainment can seem like an incredibly luring chew toy to your dog or scratching post to your curious cat. Unfortunately, electronic cables can be dangerous when played with and could possibly electrocute your animal.
Tip: Place your electrical cords behind the TV or in a hard-to-reach spot for your pet. When you leave the house, turn off all electronics and unplug where possible to limit the possibility of an electric shock (and to lower your electricity bill).
Much like the laundry room, it is important to keep you pets away from harmful chemicals often found in the bathroom. These include toilet, shower, and counter cleaners, as well as hairspray, beauty products, and human medications. If your pet is a kitten or any other small curious animal, the toilet itself can be a dangerous hazard of drowning.
Tip: “Pet-proof” your home by putting these items up high or in a child-proof cabinets. Close the lid of your toilet to minimize the risk of drowning and the consumption of harmful chemical cleaners.
It may be surprising that some of the hazards in your bedroom are seemingly harmless things like buttons and drawstrings. These little items can be choking hazards to curious pets that chew on them. Additionally, phone chargers and electrical cords can be dangerous to your pets as well.
Tip: Keep your shoes and clothing off the floor and out of reach of your pet. This limits their interaction with these choking hazards (and keeps your room clean)!
Fertilizer, insecticide, plants, and extreme heat or cold are all potential pet hazards found in your backyard. You might be surprised to learn that common plants like azaleas, oleander, rhododendron, Sago palm, and Japanese yew are all poisonous to a wide variety of pets.
Tip: Avoid leaving your pet outside all day to minimize their risk of severe harm. Keep your yard supplies out of reach in a tool shed, cabinet, or high storage place. Finally, before adding plants to your yard, check to make sure they are pet-friendly!
If you travel often with your pets, it is helpful to keep a pet kit in the car. This kit should include food, water , bowls for food and water, blanket, and comfort toy for your pet. Never leave your pet alone in the car. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to overheating, which can result in your pet’s death! If you’re traveling because of a natural disaster, check out the pet kit recommended by the Red Cross.
Tip: Research your route before leaving and find pet-friendly rest stops where you and your pet can both safely leave the car and stretch your legs.
Do you have any pet safety tips to recommend to our readers? Share them in the comments!