Puppy Proofing Your Home

Feb 23, 2010 @ 02:10 PM — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
Tagged with: Canine Health Alert

Hazards in your home may include:

Dangerous Household Items

  • Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
  • Rat and Mouse Bait
  • Disinfectants
  • Tobacco Products
  • Dental Floss
  • Socks, Nylons, and Underwear

Toxic Plants

  • Many common houseplants such as aloe, ferns, palms, and philodendrons. 
  • Cut flowers such as lilies, tulips, and azaleas.
  • A complete list of toxic houseplants is available at the ASPCA website (www.aspca.org) or by calling the ASPCA Poison Control Center.

Harmful Foods

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Onions
  • Xylitol (common artificial sweetener in gum, mints, candy)

Trouble Areas

  • Doors, Windows, and Balconies: secure doors and windows so that pets cannot run away or get injured in a fall
  • Electrical Cords: can cause electrocution if chewed while plugged into an outlet
  • Fireplace: flames and ash can cause serious burns
  • Toilets: toilet water is not healthy to drink. Remember to keep the lid closed.
  • Washer and Dryer: your pet can easily crawl into the washer or dryer without your knowledge. Keep the appliance doors closed.

Hazards Outside The Home

  • Antifreeze
  • Pesticides
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs

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