It’s easy to assume that your home is a safe space for your pet, but could it be safer? Follow these tips to make sure!
One storyline that has been heartwarming to follow since the start of the pandemic is the increase in pet adoptions. These “pandemic pets” have brought joy, happiness and unconditional love to everyone around them during this global crisis. But as new pet parents navigate these unprecedented times, many have overlooked a few basic safety measures that keep pets safe at home! Below are some tips that’ll help you make your space as safe as possible.
1. Remove chewing hazards
Until they’re adequately trained, nothing is off limits to a pet looking to play or chew. But training takes time and patience! In the meantime, it’s important to survey your space for any items that could be dangerous, like wires and electrical cords. Safely cover all cords, especially if introducing a puppy to the house, as she will be teething and go right for the wires.
If you have children, remind them to put their stuff away because whatever is on the floor will ultimately end up in your pet’s mouth. Take time to organize your house together as a family so everyone knows where certain items belong. This will decrease the chance of items being left out for pets to chew on and eat.
2. Create a training plan
All dogs need to be trained – and the earlier the better! Dogs will continue to behave unsafely until they’re taught right from wrong, so don’t procrastinate training. Training is not only key to safety at home but also on the road if you plan to travel with your pet.
3. Make sure she gets plenty of exercise
A big part of fostering positive animal behavior is making sure your dog or cat receives plenty of play time and exercise. Take your pup for multiple walks each day and engage your cat in fun interactive activities. If you won’t be home to keep your pet active throughout the day, hire a pet sitter and look into interactive toys that can occupy your fur babes in your absence.
4. Designate a space for your pet
Just like humans, pets appreciate a place to call their own. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire room, just a spot where you can put a bed, crate or cozy carrier designated just for them. Teaching your dog or cat to retreat to this space when you’re unable to keep a close eye on her will reduce her chances of getting into mischief!
In case of emergency
No matter how much planning and prevention you do in your home to keep your pets safe, accidents do happen! Keep the phone number and location of a 24-hour urgent care veterinary hospital at the ready. Anytime someone else is with your pet, make sure they have the information as well.
They say home is where the heart is – and that “heart” is your animal companion. Follow these tips to keep her happy and safe in your home!