Pet Safety Checklist for the home

Keeping our homes safe for our loved ones is very important.  Herewith a checklist that can help you to ensure a safer environment for you and your new furry family member:

 

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GENERAL HOME

Pet-proof gates.
Check that your doors close properly.
Secure your doorknobs.
Keep your blinds out of reach.

 

 

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KITCHEN

Secure your cabinets.
Move any poisonous materials,
medicines, vitamins, and chemicals.
Secure trash can.
Keep people food out of reach.

 

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LAUNDRY ROOM

Block off small spaces behind
the appliances.
Move laundry supplies out of reach.
Check inside the machine before
turning on your washer or dryer.

 

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BATHROOM

Keep the toilet lid closed with a toilet lock.
Secure your paper goods and cleansers.

 

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LIVING ROOM

Hide wiring and cover sockets.
Secure games and toys.
Check your plants.
Move breakable items up high.
Secure the fireplace.

 

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BEDROOM

Keep hair products out of reach.
Minimize your clutter.

 

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EXTERIOR

Fence quality.
Garden toxins.
Opt for cocoa-based mulches.
Pick up after your dog every day.
Clean the garage floor.
Sharp objects and tools out of reach.
Keep them away from the hot fireplaces.

 

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First-time pet ownership can be daunting, and for this reason, we are sharing with you some of the most important factors to take into consideration when you add a furry friend to your family:

Visit the local Vet:

Immediate health concerns include examination and vaccinations for rabies, de-worming and planning the procedure to get your dog spayed or neutered. This may seem cruel initially, but this operation is actually good for pet populations and your dog in particular.

Grooming and Medication:

Pets will need Grooming and some flea and tick protection. As soon as they get to play outside, quickly check your dog for ticks — these can cause discomfort or illness in your animals. Ask other pet owners who they prefer as their local groom.  Always get references for groomers.

Consider Microchipping:

If your pets get lost, this implanted chip can be scanned to discover an owner. It’s a pretty common and inexpensive procedure.

Defray costs:

If the vet you choose is a financial burden that could affect the health care of your pup. Vets have differing fee structures, so try to find one you are comfortable paying. Also, many vets and SPCA centers offer low-cost or free spaying/neutering.

Pet Insurance:

No matter how safe you are, accidents can happen and it’s important to prepare. If you live in a more very busy area, either heavily trafficked or surrounded by wild animals like snakes that can attack your dog, you may want to look at pet insurance. You have to think about your financial situation and if dangers are more common near you and if you have the money to pay for something like a broken doggie leg, will you be able to afford the surgery expenses?

Get a license:

In many areas, especially complexes and enclosed communities, it is necessary to get your dog licensed or registered — the cost for not having permission can be pretty severe, such as you have to move or get rid of the animal.

Obedience training:

Most animals need discipline in order to become housebroken and to avoid nasty habits, like chewing your furniture. Classes are ideal for getting dogs to walk more comfortably on a leash and to be calm around strangers (not to jump up or snap). Many animal shelters or animal shelter organisations will offer inexpensive classes. Your vet may offer low-cost classes too.

Nutrition:

Puppies require specific nutrients because their bodies are still growing — it’s imperative to get age-appropriate food. Try not to feed them any human food as there are many of our edibles that are toxic to dogs including chocolate, grapes, onions, avocados, raisins, macadamia nuts, garlic and coffee.

Emergency contact:

Make a list of contact numbers of the Fire Brigade, Police, 24-hour Vet, Hospital, and close friend who could help if need be. 

If you are incapacitated, or your animal gets hurt, someone needs to be ready to take care of you and your pets. Be prepared before the emergency happens.

We wish you well in this journey of having a new family member, it is not always easy or fun, but the benefits always outweigh the negatives.

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