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. Keeping a dog is a huge responsibility.
Read these pages to learn how to protect your friend, then invest some time in dog proofing 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.
Don't give your dog toxic foods; There are foods that you and I can enjoy that are toxic to your dog.
You can avoid canine health problems by refusing to give him "human" foods.
Reduce electrocution and other hazards; Every year, many dogs are electrocuted in the home.
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.
Avoid using toxic garden plants; There are many plants for your garden that are dangerous for your dog.
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.
Eliminate outdoor lawn and garden poisons; Many dogs become ill due to the biocides used on lawns and gardens.
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; A dog on the loose is a dog at risk of running onto the road, eating tainted garbage, or getting into a neighbor's garden. A loose dog is also at risk of a possible bite, either from another dog or animal, or delivering one, making for a sad end as most dogs that bite are euthanized.
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.
In addition to these tips, teach your dog a really strong 'leave it'. This could save his life if he's thinking of eating a poisonous mushroom, or picking up some animal feces that could contain worm eggs or some other hazard.
This is also known as 'it's your choice', zen, and impulse control. Watch how Donna Hill teaches it so the dog learns, and is not punished for doing it wrong.
That's definitely worth the small investment in time and energy, isn't it?
The following are some articles about Dog Poisons you should read so that you can be better prepared.