Home is a safe environment by definition, and comfort is not the only thing to consider for pet companions. Because just as they want to be safe and comfortable, they want their pets to feel the same way as well.
Hence, securing and proofing one's home is a critical step towards good pet companionship.
Much like having a toddler around the house, everyday items and fixtures can cause risk to pets. Food containers, medicine, clothes, tools, and even furniture could cause serious injures.
Animals and other pets are curious creatures and like to play and discover their environment. Pet-proofing a house keeps the animal safe; it also significantly reduces the number of sudden cleaning missions
Pet companions should proof their homes before introducing the pet to the new environment. Consider the breed and size of the pet. Birds jump between chandeliers and land on shelves and cabinet tops.
Most everyday hazards are often where the pet spends most of their time. Furniture could cause injury if it is knocked down or hit by energetic, playful animals.
Cords and electric wires could chock animals, and chewing on them could cause an electric shock, in some cases, cause a fire. House plants can be toxic to a pet, and window blinds can be hazardous and cause significant injures. Toys can be hurtful as well.
If the pet loves bathing, it might go stealthily for the bath now and then. Bathrooms are a dangerous place for pets to be without the companion's direct supervision. Bathrooms have our medications, body and skin products, laundry detergents, bathroom cleaners, razors, and hairdryers as well. Not to forget that toilet water can be tempting to most pets, and falling in it could cause drowning.
Pets should not be able to reach people's food. They may cause stomach problems, seizures, or heart arrhythmias for pets like dogs and cats. Kitchens can be dangerous; some pets can help but play hide and seek, perhaps inside the slightly open dishwasher or any accessible cabinet. They can also climb into the sink where liquid soap and bleach could harm them. Trash cans are another favorite, yet a dangerous place for pets.
Most of us assume that bedrooms are safe and have no harmful items. But pets can swallow accessories, jewelry, hairpins and ties, makeup products, and tools are easy. Cords and plastic bags could harm pets, while they can also get accidentally trapped inside the closet.
Most of the items kept in the garage are dangerous for pets and people alike, and most of the time, they are kept in the garage because they are hazardous. Items such as heavy tools, oils, gasoline and containers, pesticides, and gardening tools can be dangerous if pets knocked them or tried to sample them.
Pets spend a fair amount of time outside; that is why pet owners should inspect and pet-proof outdoor areas and gardens just like indoors.
Whether the pet can swim or not, they should not access open water without supervision.
Set a fence around the pool and always attend to the pet while playing near the pool or the pond.