Pet Safety


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills


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Pet Safety: A Pet Owner’s Priority


As most people would agree, pets are a part of our families. Whether it’s a canine, feline or other companion animal, we spend a lot of our life ensuring our pets are happy and healthy. We research the right food, visit the veterinarian routinely and purchase the newest pet accessories to ensure our companions are the best kept critters on the block. Yet what about ensuring our pets’ safety within our homes? How do we keep Fido or Fifi safe throughout the day? Here are 3 pro tips in regard to keeping our companion animals safe.

Pet Proof Your Home

Everyone knows that as soon as an infant starts to crawl, that’s when the real trouble begins with parenthood. Suddenly you are frantically childproofing your home. Pet owners don’t have the same grace period as parents-the time to pet proof your home is now. As soon as you decide to bring home a wriggly puppy with the need to chew, a kitten with the impulse to explore or any other pet-you need to consider how to keep your home safe and pet proofing is the first step.

A lot of the options available for parents work well with pets. Baby gates are ideal to keep puppies out of work spaces with cords waiting to be chewed. Electrical covers are ideal to protect curious kittens from clawing at your outlets in play. Look at your home from a pet’s level and decide what is necessary to pet proof from their point of view. While puppies and dogs tend to need ground level proofing, birds, cats and other small critters can often get into dangerous predicaments up high.

Know Your Poisons

While the majority of pet owners already realize they need to put away cleaning solutions, laundry detergents and other known toxic objects throughout the household-there are less obvious poisons that pet owners should be aware of. For example according to Pet MD, antifreeze used in the driveway in your vehicle can quickly turn deadly if your dog ventures outside with you and licks any spillage up. For cats, plants within the lily family should be a no- no within your household (and your garden if your cat goes outdoors.)

Pet owners should familiarize themselves with potential household poisons for their particular pets and either avoid use or keep these items locked away in a safe space. The Pet Poison Helpline maintains a list of common poisons found throughout homes, the symptoms your pet may exhibit if exposed and a helpline for owners to call.

Keep an Eye on Your Pets

As a pet owner, you probably already keep a keen eye on your pets when you are home.  Whether it’s checking on a too quiet puppy or looking through the house for your kitten’s newest hiding spot, you are diligent in monitoring your pet’s every move. Yet when you are away at ?  work or running errands throughout the week, you still want to check on your pets throughout the day. Home security cameras are the ideal solution to ensure your pet’s safety, and relieve any anxiety you might experience when away from your household for a long period of time.

Maintaining a safe home is a top priority for pet owners. Using the aforementioned steps will help ensure your animal companions stay safe throughout their lifetime. Whether you are at home or away, keeping your pet safe is a necessary component of responsible ownership.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.