Hug Your Hound Day: 3 Easy Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home
Pets are one of our greatest sources of comfort. They show us unconditional love, cuddle with us after a rough day and give us a sense of purpose, among other things. In honor of National Hug Your Hound Day, which falls on September 10th, we want to pay a special homage to all the furry creatures out there, even the non-hounds. Since they do so much for us, the least we can do as their owners is keep them safe and happy.
When left alone, curiosity can often get the best of pets. As their owners, it’s our duty to pet- proof our homes to prevent tragedies from occurring. Follow these pet-friendly tips on keeping your home a danger-free zone:
1. Baby-Proof Your Home
When your baby is on the brink of crawling, the first thing you do is baby-proof your home. While dogs aren’t human, the process of securing your home is similar.
- If you have a dog, install baby gates where necessary to keep them contained.
- Place covers on all electrical outlets. Even if they appear unreachable, you’re better off playing it safe.
- Use power strip covers. Your pet doesn’t understand that plugs are dangerous.
- The same goes for electrical cords. Purchase a containment system to prevent your pet from getting to the cords themselves.
- Install safety locks for all your cabinets and drawers. Both cats and dogs love to open cabinets and drawers and play with whatever they can grab. Sometimes what they find can be dangerous, like medicine or chocolate. They might even chew on important documents such as your passport.
2. Use a Trashcan Your Pet Can’t Get Into
When your pet gets into your trash, not only is it a gross mess to clean up, it can also seriously harm them should they eat something bad like spoiled foods and meats, cleaning products, wrappers, etc. This could lead to intestinal blockage, which could rack up a serious vet bill. If there’s broken glass in your trashcan, it could cut them, which could also warrant a visit to the vet. Here’s what you can do to prevent your curious creature from getting into your trash:
- Install a pull-out trashcan. This is the most effective solution; however, it can be expensive, not to mention if you don’t have the under-counter space, it’s not as feasible.
- Use a durable metal trashcan. This will work just fine for smaller dogs and dogs who aren’t as enticed by trash.
3. Keep Your Home Neat & Tidy
It’s significantly easier for your pet to destroy something when it’s easy to obtain. If you leave your laptop charger or phone charger on your couch, your pet may see it as fair game. The same goes for your favorite pair of shoes, the brownie you’re saving for later, and your allergy medication.
There are hundreds of websites out there with articles on how to manage your clutter. Here are a few of our favorites:
While it might seem like an expensive and time-intensive endeavor, your pet is worth every bit of it. Protecting your pet from dangerous objects will keep them and their tummies happy, and it will keep your stress levels at a minimum. If you have any electrical questions along the way, feel free to reach out to us! We’d love to help you on your way to having a safer home.