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5 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home

Bringing home a new pet is not so different than bringing home a baby. Of course, that also means you’re going to have the paranoia of a new parent as well. A new pet, just as a toddler, comes with the prime directive of going wherever they’re certain you don’t want them to be. Here are a few ideas to get you started as you pet-proof your home.

Keep Your Trash Can Covered

This may seem self-explanatory, but cannot be stressed enough. This is doubly so if you own a large dog. Leaving any trash can open, large or small, is an invitation to finding the contents strewn about your carpet after a long day’s work. Not only can this be frustrating for you, but your dog could also accidentally eat something that could make them very sick, so this is really important.

Hide All Electrical Wires

No matter what kind of pet you have, they will probably go through a phase of chewing on everything they can. Electrical wires are an ever-present danger to new pets, and the shock from chewing through one can be fatal. Be sure to make as many wires as you can inaccessible to your pet. You can also use deterrents, such as nasty tasting sprays to discourage chewing in general.

Keep Your Toilet Lid Down

To a thirsty dog or cat, your toilet is no different than a water bowl that refills itself. Of course, a toilet bowl is not the cleanest place drink. At the same time, the cleaning chemicals we put in a bowl will end up making your pet sick if they ingest it. Keep the lid down and your pet healthy.

Keep Valuables Out of Reach

Most pets don’t want to cause a mess or make you upset, but accidents happen. If you have something valuable or important, you need to keep it away from your dog. If it is on their level, it may just be a matter of time before it gets knocked over or chewed on.Consider moving valuables to a higher location or putting them in a room that your pet is not allowed in.

Update Your Security

If you have motion activated security devices, you are going to need to adjust this for your pet. Security systems often include pet-friendly sensors, meaning you won’t get an alert every time your pet moves. Your security system can also help you check up on your pet if you are away from home for a while. Home security is getting more affordable, so you don’t have to worry about this breaking the bank.

It may be hard to remember all the little things to keep your pet safe, but it is well worth the effort. Your pet is precious, and even if they don’t appreciate you “ruining” their fun, it will keep them safe and healthy.