Pets are wonderful members of the family. They cheer us up when we’re sad, add a sense of fun and adventure to our lives, and are so cute we can’t even stand it sometimes. But we can’t always communicate with pets the way we need to, especially when it comes to teaching pets about dangers in the home. Because you can’t tell your cat or dog not to play with something, you have to step up and keep your home safe for your pet.
Steps for a Healthier Pet-Friendly Home
Your home should be pet-proofed before you bring a pet to live there. That means getting rid of certain toxic houseplants and rounding up all the items that could be hazardous to a pet’s health and keeping those items out of reach. Do some research, because the household items that can harm pets are more versatile than you think. Cleaning supplies are an obvious one, but you might be surprised to learn that foods like onions and grapes are bad for a pet’s digestive system. Dogs, cats, birds, and other pets have their own safety concerns outside of the common ones, too.
Your home’s very environment could make life unintentionally harder for pets. Animals suffer from allergies and respiratory illness just like we do. Keep your home’s indoor air clean to cut down on the number of vet visits for runny noses or excessive sneezing. Other tactics like clean air filters and HVAC maintenance help, too. Find out more by checking out the Healthier Pet-Friendly Home infographic!