Pet-Proofing Your Home for a New Pet

Getting a new pet is fun and exciting, and most people can’t wait to bring their new pet home. However, before bringing your pet home, you should make sure to pet-proof your home so that it’s safe for a new pet. Here’s your guide on pet-proofing your home for your new pet. 

Living Room and Bedrooms

Make sure all cords, electrical wires, and any other dangling objects are put away or covered. Pick up laundry, toys, and other items from the floors. Put away anything breakable or that can’t be sealed or covered. Make sure cabinet and closet doors are closed. Block off access to any vents or crawl spaces your pet might try to explore. 

Kitchen and Bathroom

Any dangerous chemicals, cleaners, medications, and solvents should be stored out of reach of your pet. Trash cans should be covered with a latching lid, or kept in a cabinet. Any food or food wrappers that could be dangerous to your pet should be kept in a latched cupboard. Close up any gaps between appliances and always keep appliance doors closed so your pet won’t get trapped inside. Close the toilet lid when done, and keep hair products, hair ties, makeup and makeup applicators, cotton balls, and cotton swabs out of reach in a drawer or cabinet. 

Garage and Laundry Room

Always keep the car doors, washer and dryer doors, and garage doors closed. Make sure your pet can’t get into any tight spaces or get out of the home through the garage. All chemicals, like antifreeze, oil, paints, solvents, laundry detergent, and cleaning chemicals should be stored on a high shelf or locking cabinet. 

If you think your pet has encountered something dangerous in your home and may be ill or injured, you should take him to an emergency veterinary hospital as soon as possible. If you need more guidance on pet-proofing your home before your new pet arrives, contact your veterinarian.

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