February 18, 2013

10 Tips for Dog-Proofing Your Home.

Everyone bringing home a baby knows they have many cabinet locks, outlet covers and snapped shut toilet lids in their near future to protect a curious crawler. But what about when your new family member is the fur-covered type?

The best way to start the dog-proofing process is to get down on all fours and explore each room of your house from your pet’s perspective. Look out for enticing objects or hazardous areas that might pose a risk to your pet’s health.

Here are some other tips to help you pet-proof your home:

1. Keep all medications out of paw’s reach.
Human medications, like ibuprofen, can be knocked off a nightstand, and they’re among the most frequently ingested toxic substances.

2. Pick up small pieces from your pet’s surroundings.
Items such as game pieces, jewelry and rocks pose choking hazards to pets and may require costly surgery to remove.

3. Watch where you store hazardous food.
Some foods, like chocolate and grapes, can be highly toxic for pets, so make sure they’re stored well out of reach.

4. Tuck away all electrical cords.
Pets love to chew on wires, and electrical cords pose a huge safety risk.

5. Store and use cleaning products safely.
Chemicals, like antifreeze, bleach and oven cleaners, are highly toxic to pets.

6. Keep toilet lids shut.
This helps avoid the spread of bacteria and prevents potential chemical ingestion.

7. Remove pest control products.
Mouse traps, roach and ant bait and glue traps can also attract curious pets.

8. Use trash cans with lids and keep them closed.
Besides finding leftover food that might be toxic to them, pets can also gobble up objects like wrappers, cotton swabs and cotton balls.

9. Keep some types of houseplants away from pets.
Some varieties, like ivy, lilies and cyclamen, can be hazardous to pets.

10. Make sure all exterior doors and windows are secure.
Double check that screens are tightly fastened and don’t have any rips or tears in them.

Even with all these preparations, pets can still get into trouble and have an accident. That’s why it’s a good idea to get a pet insurance plan that covers accidents, like ASPCA Pet Insurance. Most pet insurance plans cover visits to any licensed veterinarian, including animal hospitals, which can be a big relief if your pet has an emergency.


  1. Those are good ideas. We have never gotten Pet Insurance . . . I think when you have a friend who is a vet it is not as necessary. My one friend actually got cut off from her insurance as their dog was too sick. How crazy is that!

    1. I am so torn about pet insurance for our family. We throw money into a savings account every month so that if something happens, the money is there. It works for us but it may not work for everyone. I think the right pet insurance can be good for many families in that case.

  2. Always wanted to look in to pet insurance, but haven't as of yet! We've been lucky so far with our dogs being pretty healthy! Reading your post made me realize there are a few things that I need to change to keep them that way! Thanks!

    1. The garbage can is always a big thing for me. My two don't try to get into it, but we've had the odd foster who has tried. For some reason, any type of paper (kleenex, toilet paper, paper towel) is like gold to some dogs.

    2. I've also just recently started taking off their collars when we leave them home alone. It really scared me reading stories about dogs and cats strangling themselves getting stuck on something with their collars!

  3. Snoopzillas Mom2/19/2013

    A friend of mine was skeptical and asked her vet about it. Her vet has pet insurance for her pets. Sounded good enough for me!


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