Did you dog proof your home before you got your dog?
If not, he's at risk — every day — of poisoning, electrocution or injury. Thousands of dogs die each year from avoidable accidents in the home.
Puppies, with their curiosity and need to chew, are particularly vulnerable.
A dog loose in an unfenced yard is an accident waiting to happen. You can easily avoid all these incidents.
Read these pages to learn how to protect your friend, then invest some time to dog proof your home.
You'll reduce the chance of ever needing to use dog first aid. Remove or Secure Household Poisons Poisoning is a very common, and very preventable, cause of harm to dogs.
Dog proof your home by removing or securing all poisonous products, including toxic cleaners and batteries. Remove Toxic Houseplants Houseplants add beauty to a home, and many help clean the air.
Some, however, are toxic to dogs and other pets.
Dog proof your home by removing these toxic houseplants or placing them out of your dog's (and children's) reach.
You can avoid canine health problems by refusing to give him "human" foods.
Reduce Electrocution and Other Hazards
Others asphyxiate when they get tangled up in plastic bags, or choke on small items they swallow.
Some tear their skin on a loose staple under a sofa or chair, or on a nail sticking out from the wall.
Many more fall down stairs and seriously injure themselves.
Secure your electric cords and remove or eliminate household hazards to help keep your dog safe inside your home.
Some can result in death.
Dog-proof your garden by using some of the dozens of garden plants that aren't toxic for your dog.
Some plants are toxic to dogs.
There are many safe ways to control unwanted plants, insects and diseases in your lawn and garden, and many safe plants that will add beauty.
Rid your property of the dangerous ones and make your dog's life safer.
Add Fencing or a Restraint System
Your dog will likely be injured or become ill sooner rather than later if he's allowed his run of the neighborhood.
If you need to leave your dog outside, confine him to your own yard with a fence, stake and chain, or other restraint system.
There are many different types of dog containment on the market these days. It's important to find the system that works best for you and your dog.
If you follow these simple steps to dog proof your home, you'll keep your canine companion safe, secure and healthy.
That's definitely worth the small investment in time and energy, isn't it?
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