There truly is no place like home. It's the one place in the world where you're comfortable, and it's the one place in the world where you feel safe.
But just because your home is safe for you and your family doesn't mean that it's safe for your dog. There are certain household dangers that pose serious threats to your pooch, and the following are six ways to ensure your dog is safe while in the comfort of your home.
1. Install a fence.
Even if your dog is well behaved, it's important to put a fence up in your yard. While fences keep your dog from getting loose, they also keep outside critters from getting in. This means that those pesky rats and mice that are attracted to your dog's feces will be kept away, and animals like skunks that carry rabies and can make your dog smell often if sprayed will also stay away. And if you live near an area that's prone to coyotes, mountain lions or other threatening animals, you can keep your dog safe with a fence.
2. Keep cleaning products out of reach.
Cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to your dog, so be sure that any and all cleaning products are stored high out of your dog's reach. This way, your dog doesn't have access to the products and cannot get hurt by them.
3. Don't plant toxic flowers.
There are plenty of flowers and plants that are toxic to dogs, and if these are in your yard and your dog ingests them, it could cause anything from a small rash to seizures and death. Be sure to educate yourself on the toxic plants and flowers and remove them from your yard if you have them or be sure not to plant them.
4. Don't feed your dog table scraps.
Giving your dog some of your food may seem like a treat, but it could be harmful. Some human foods are toxic to dogs, and if your dog ingests things like chocolate or grapes, it could be fatal to your pooch. Refrain from giving your dog your leftovers and instead treat them with dog treats and bones. Also, this will train them not to beg for food and you can eat in peace.
5. Keep them vaccinated.
Dogs need vaccines to help ward off common diseases and illnesses, so be sure to keep your dog up to date on his or her shots. This way, your dog isn't at risk of getting severely or fatally sick, and you can ensure a long and healthy life for your animal.
6. Remove low dangers.
When you own a dog, you need to remove any potential hazards that occur at their level. You don't notice certain hazards from where you stand, so you need to put yourself in your dog's shoes. Get down on your hands and knees and walk around your home. Notice anything that could cause harm to your dog, such as an exposed wire or broken cabinet? If so, be sure to fix these issues as soon as possible.
Guest Author: Ashley Smith is a freelance writer, busy mom of 2 and a dog owner. Ashley uses her love of writing to share articles on a variety of topics.
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