Organizing your home to keep your furry friends happy and safe is more challenging than you might have thought.
The human household has many hazards and toxins that could be dangerous for your little friend.
It might interest you to know that the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has identified over 140,000 instances where pets were inadvertently exposed to objects and food that could prove life-threatening.
So, how can you ensure that your home is a cozy environment where your furry buds will thrive happily?
Read ahead for some great tips.
Get Allergen-Free Dog Collars and Accessories
One of the first things you need to get when bringing the little bud home is a collar and ID tag.
Few owners are aware that dogs can be allergic to leather.
If you notice reactions like skin irritation around the neck, rashes, red bumps, hair loss, scaling skin, changes in pigmentation, and lesions, get rid of all leather objects in your home.
Instead, invest in a vegan leather dog collar and leash set made with safe materials.
These products are crafted by hand and made using sustainable cotton with solid brass fixtures.
They’re easy to maintain, and you can clean them by using a damp cloth dipped in water.
Since the collar and leash set is USDA and PETA-Approved, the little pal can safely wear them.
Rid Your Home of Fragile Crystals and Decorative Items
An average home is adorned with various fragile items that can break when knocked on the floor.
You would want to pack away expensive china and crystals into locked cabinets that your buds can’t get into.
Be aware that shards of glass on the floor are a severe hazard to delicate pet paws and mouths if they decide to investigate them for being edible.
Adorn your home with wall hangings made with fabrics like jute and reed, a custom home painting made on museum-grade paper, and family pictures framed in clear plastic frames, all of which are unbreakable.
Protect Tabletops and Coffee Table Tops
Dogs and cats are known to gnaw on wooden furniture and jump on tables.
Felines love to sharpen their claws on the legs or just use them as scratching poles.
You could protect your tables with cloth covers, but the overhangs are open invitations for your kittens to grab and climb.
You might find all the chinaware and dinnerware pulled down on the floor.
A better option is to treat your furniture with deep pour resin.
This material creates a hard, protective barrier resistant to pet teeth and claws.
You’ll also protect the surfaces from water and UV damage or staining from spills.
Remember to undertake the projects in the garage and let the resin set before you bring in the furniture.
Look Around Your Home for Toxins (For Pets)
When you start to look around the house from the pet perspective, you’ll be surprised at the items that are toxic for your furry buds.
Food waste like chicken bones, fruit seeds, cores, and peels, raisins, grapes, coffee grinds, chocolate wrappers with traces of candy, sugar-free foods, nutmeg, and gums containing Xylitol, can all cause serious damage, not to mention the mess if your pal gets into the trash.
You should also eliminate plants that can be chewed up, cleaning supplies, and any pesticides you might have in stock to deal with rodents, roaches, and other bugs.
Keep all these items securely locked away, so your pet does not accidentally ingest them.
A few precautions can go a long way in keeping your home protected from the typical hazards of a human home.