How to Pet-Proof Your Home? A Room-By-Room Guide.
One who gets a pet for the first time knows the trouble of losing their Emotional Support Dog through tiniest openings. ESA’s are animals after all; they can be curious sometimes. A pet owner must learn to stay a bit vigilant!
Are you having second thoughts because of the expenses you might have? Think for a second. Don’t you want your home to be safe for you? The same goes for your animal-companion.
Your mate needs their home to be as safe for them as it is for you- protected from potential threats. The best way to protect them is by pet-proofing your house. It is similar to child-proofing your house when a newborn steps in the home.
Where to start from?
Look at your house from your ESA’s point of view! Where does he visit the most? What are the potential threats in that area? Technically, you should pet-proof all your house if you allow him to wander in your house. Whereas a family who allows their pet in a restricted area does not need pet-proofing their entire house!
Consider the rooms he uses and all the items in the room. What items in a room could hurt him? Remove them or maybe relocate them to another place where he cannot have access. Remember pet-proofing takes time and also a hefty amount of research if you want to get it right the first time.
Take care of your personal belongings and preventive steps to keep your loving ESA safe. Only when your ESA is safe, he will be able to provide you with the affection and comfort you require from them.
Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms
The bathroom is where you start your day after a cup of your tonic in the morning. And, so does your animal-mate. Have you seen what your pooch does inside the bathroom? You will find him drinking water from the toilet bowl! If your pet is small, he may drown. Or, if you just put in the toilet cleaner, and his temptation to drink arose, he might get poisoned.
Our bathrooms and laundry rooms are filled with various items that are toxic to our beloved curious friends. Cleaners are not the only danger. Often, medications, chemical drain openers, and deodorizers are kept in a bathroom. Also, sharp items like razors in the bathroom can also cut and injure your ESA. Laundry rooms have chemicals like bleach, detergent, fabric softener. Open dryers can be dangerous too!
- Place your medications in a closed medication cabinet.
- Keep the dryers and washing machines closed.
- Relocate your chemicals to keep it out of the reach of your pets.
- Close the lid of your toilet bowl.
Living rooms are decorated with a myriad of items- from heavy furniture to potted plants to showpieces to fancy lamps and much more. Some items can be hurtful to your ESA. They might bump hard into that furniture while playing or accidentally swallow a house plant which is toxic! Search for tips to grow indoor plants. How can you forget the cords for window blinds and drapery? Either they have a choking hazard or those cords can get wrapped around his neck.
Are you fond of lit candles in your living room for an aroma? You have to be cautious about it when your pet is around. They might knock it over and a hazard will take place. Protect your furniture and valuable items from the risk of chewing or scratching.
- Shift your candles elsewhere.
- Remove all expensive items from the living room if your pet is jumpy.
- Keep all the small and swallowable items out of reach.
- Make sure the plants are not poisonous.
The kitchen is a room where the magic happens- you make the most delicious meals here! You think that the kitchen only has food items, how can it be dangerous to your pet? It is really a dangerous place for jumpy pets who have access to countertops and tables. They’ll reach out for anything within their access like trash cans or food on the table. You must be aware that not all food items safe for humans are safe for pets. Also, we have a utensil washing area with liquid soaps or other cleaning items.
- Keep the garbage bins covered.
- Lock away your cabinets with childproof locks.
- Restrict access to refrigerators or areas with other machines.
- Keep your utensils in the cupboard, especially breakable china.
- Install a safety gate to keep your pets away from the kitchen altogether.
Although not everyone loves to bring their pets in their bed. While some do not want to ruin their bedroom decors by bringing pets inside. Pet owners often think that a bedroom is a safe place for pets. It is unexpected and little things that turn problematic. Pets may chew or swallow items like earrings and electrical cords. Or, a discarded shopping bag can be a suffocation risk if the pet sticks his head in and cannot shake off.
- Keep the windows closed in the bedroom.
- Place mothballs out of reach of your pet.
- Keep your earrings and hairpins in a jewelry box.
- Do not keep your closet or drawers open.
- Cover the electrical cords or keep them out of reach.
Garages and Basements
One of the places where pets spend most of their time and are also exposed to dangers. A garage or a basement is a place where you will find both useful and discarded items of the house. Items like antifreeze, motor oil, gas, battery acid, car wax, etc. found in garages that are lethal for pets. Dogs and cats are curious animals. They like to sniff and touch things around to acknowledge them. Additionally, rat poisons, paints, pesticides, and paint thinners in the basement or garages can be lethal to a pet. Also, your ESA might be in danger if he gets around the lying sharp objects!
- Store your nuts and screws in closed jars.
- Keep your chemicals in cabinets.
- Ensure your plant is not toxic.
- Regularly check your garage floors to keep it safe from any spillage or leakage.
Pets love to spend time outside and it is essential for them to stay physically active. They love to run about in the yard or bask in the sun. However, there are numerous items presenting a threat to your pets in the yard. Certain items used in a yard or in a garden, like pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, compost, and mulch are harmful to animal consumption. They are highly toxic and yet the smell is appealing to your pet. Proper care must be taken to keep your pet safe from any hazard. Make the most of your small yard so that it is beneficial for you and your pet!
- Install a fence to keep away the stray animals.
- Remove any poisonous plants from your yard.
- Do not leave pets outside when the fire pit is in use.
- Schedule a regular flea control service.
- Store your chemicals away from the reach of your pets.
Meet the Author
Serena is an animal-lover and a great cook. She likes growing most of the herb in her own gardening. Maintaining a garden is one of her hobbies. Serena has also written a few books about gardening.Learn more