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baby and pet proofing your property!

When a new baby comes home from the hospital, we quarantine the home within an inch of its life. But what happens when you bring home a brand new puppy or kitten? As most pet owners will testify, an equal amount of vigilance is required when caring for furry members of the family – and that includes the way you keep your home.

Here are 7 hazard zones your pet might come across in the home – and some ways to make them safe.

  1. Kitchens
    Leave food lying around and your pet will find it. A tidier kitchen means a healthier pet. Toxic foods for animals include: Chocolate, avocados, grapes, raisins, garlic and coffee. If you can’t trust yourself to leave a tidy kitchen, you can always install a baby gate.
  2. House plants
    Indoor plants can be a great way to insert life into an otherwise stale indoor environment. But did you know houseplants – especially those in the lily family – can be extremely poisonous to cats? Keep dangerous plants out of reach to avoid a trip to the vet
  3. Bathrooms
    Most bathrooms are storage vessels for cleaning products, medications and sanitary products – all of which can be fatal if swallowed by your pet. According to the Lost Dogs Home Victoria, a single paracetamlol tablet can kill an adult cat. If your dog finds a stash of those beef-flavoured doggie pain killers – they could be left with potential stomach ulcers, bleeding or kidney damage. Always store these products in out-of-reach, closed cupboards.
  4. Bedrooms
    If you use mothballs to keep your clothes intact make sure you always close the doors of your wardrobe. If a curious pet comes in contact with one, they are toxic and could result in a trip to the vet.

    5. E-bar
    Study nook, e-bar, whatever you want to call it. This is the place where electricity travels back and forth via cords – cords that can be tempting for an unassuming pup to chew on.Needless to say, this can give them a nasty electric shock. Tidy up your cords – it will look better too!

  5. The garden
    As with indoor lily plants, there are a number of plants that are toxic for pets. According to the RSPCA, the following plants are poisonous for pets:
    a. Varieties of the Castor Bean or Castor oil plant
    b. Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow (Brunfelsia bonodora)

    7. Trees, balcony & deck
    We all know cats are very good climbers – dogs less so. But there are some places the little critters can’t climb their way out of. If a domestic cat climbs up a tree with overhanging branches, they can end up in the public out of your protection – exposed to roads, cars and if you’re in a rural area, animal predators.

Try putting chicken wire around the trunks of the trees your frisky feline has taken a shine to.