Moving to a new home or bringing a new puppy into the house? Pet proofing your home can prevent accidents and can protect both the new member of the family and your furniture. It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to make your home safer.
1. Get down on your knees and then look around. This is from where your pet sees the world. Notice anything that can present a danger, such as sharp corners, electrical wires, and small items that might be a choking hazard.
2. Move everything you don’t want destroyed out of the way. Valuable items, books, magazines and expensive shoes can all seem like attractive toys to a puppy. Move them up higher or place them safely into some moving boxes so they will be out of reach.
3. Keep cleaning products and medicine out of the way. Cats can jump up to seven times their height, so avoid leaving things on the counter. Puppies have sharp teeth and can break into boxes and plastic bottles and might access dangerous liquids. Put them behind a locked door.
4. Use a child-safety gate to restrict access to dangerous areas or rooms.
5. Close the toilet lid. Your pet might try to drink from it and fall inside, risking drowning.