For animals, like dogs and cats, that roam your home when you’re not there, it’s important that they be safe in your absence. Take the time to prepare your home so your furry friend will always remain safe.
- Protect Your Possessions
Put away anything that could be potentially destroyed by a rowdy pet.
- Remove Dangerous Items
Keep an eye out for dangerous items like blind cords, curtain tassels, tablecloths, and wires as animals can get caught in these, use these to pull things down on themselves, and even choke on some of these items. Tuck wires and cords away or purchase cord protectors. Cover any open outlets with outlet plugs. Move your trashcan out of the way as this could lead to your pet eating something they shouldn’t. Store cleaning products and food far out of their reach.
- Create A Pet Friendly Zone
This is a place where your pet would have a bed and toys to keep them occupied while you’re not there.
- Minimize Escape Routes
Start by using baby gates on stairs. Low cabinet doors should be secured with latches to ensure that your pet does not get stuck inside one.
- Use Surveillance Cameras
With the use of your home security system, you can check security cameras and see when your pet is traveling into a space they aren’t supposed to be.
- Mend Gaps And Holes
Animals can move through small spaces, so it is important to always maintain your fence. Cover gaps with chicken wire or wooden slats. Ensure that your gate is always closed securely or install a gate that is self-closing. Make it very difficult for your pet to escape your yard.
- Secure Garbage
When leaving your garbage outside, the same rules apply as within the house. Make sure your pet will not have access to your trash. Purchase latches that keep your trashcan shut, even if your pet manages to turn it over.
- Prevent Illness From Plants
Animals can be allergic to plants in your yard, so make sure you landscape with this in mind. Daffodils and foxglove are two common examples harmful to pets. The ASPCA can provide you with a full list of common plants to watch out for.
- Parasite Protection
Your local pet store sells products that can be used to keep your pet safe from ticks and other parasites found near water sources.
- Hide Tools And Wires
Any yard tools left out could be potentially dangerous to your pet, so make sure they’re always put away. Any exposed wiring is also dangerous. Make sure all wires are hidden or properly protected.
- Safeguard Water Hazards
If you have a pool in the backyard, make sure your pets do not have open access to it. Use fencing and security cameras to ensure your pet is always safe.
Take the time to secure your home so your pets are always safe.