If you’re planning on bringing a new fuzzy friend into your life, here are some ways to make your home as safe and accommodating as possible before the big day.
Toxic plants should be placed high out of reach of chewy little mouths. Common household plants, such as Azaleas, can be very toxic to dogs. You might also consider replacing your real plants with artificial alternatives, or moving them outside.
Common over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can be dangerous or even deadly to puppies. Make sure to remove all bottles from countertops and store them in a secure cupboard. Remember that a determined chewer can make short work of a plastic bottle, and puppies can be surprisingly good jumpers!
Make sure the all trash cans are “step” models with tightly closed lids, especially bathroom trash cans, which can contain used razor blades and chemicals.
Electrical cords are a big temptation for chew-happy puppies. Cords that can’t be hidden from sight can be run through cord concealers or PVC pipe. Cords from drapery and blinds can cause strangulation, so make sure that they are safely tied up and out of the way.
One of the main things you will want to do is install a new fence around your yard so that your dog has room to run, play, and explore. A wooden, metal or vinyl fence is far better than an “invisible fence,” as it adds better protection and security. In many cases, adoption centers will make a fenced-in yard a requirement for adoption, so if you’re thinking of getting a dog, it’s best to beat them to the punch!
Small objects that can be chewed and ingested by puppies include: Coins, jewelry, sewing supplies, yarn, dental floss, office supplies, socks, nylons, underwear, fishing supplies, and children’s toys like Legos. It is a good idea to keep these items in tightly lidded storage containers.
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