Pet Proof your New Home

by : Anthony Defrietas

Before bringing your pet into the new space of your new home, take several steps to ensure your safe haven is indeed safe enough. Pets will naturally investigate the world they find themselves in. Of course, this cannot and should not be discouraged. But consider the hazards your pets may encounter in your new home. Take the following measures to minimize any potential danger encountered in your pet's daily travels about the new house.

- Barriers should be put up to keep pets out of areas where they are not welcome.

- Children in your family should also understand the importance of locking or closing these gates and barriers.

-Keep in mind that most intentional destruction by pets stems from a lack of exercise or mental stimulation. Have a plethora of play/chew toys available for dogs and consider a scratching post for the energetic cats.

-Establish routine with consistency in your new home. You may be busy setting up, but there will be long term payoff for consistent walks with the dog.

- Chemical Substances should be kept in a safe location .This includes all chemical substances. Although some are lethal, most can cause serious upset or intestinal complications.

- Know what plants are poisonous to pets and ensure they are out of reach.

- Put away pill bottles and pill organizers. A dog can easily chew open these containers- childproof or not!

- Check fences and hedges to see if your pet might be able to escape. Never underestimate a dogs ability to dig and a cat's capacity to slide through anything.

- Dogs like to be able to look out and see what is going on. Try to keep items, especially fragile ones, away from windows.

- Tame cord clutter by hiding cords under baseboards and carpet seams whenever possible. A pet can suffer burns or electrocution from chewing on live cords. You can also use cords covers to mitigate possible danger.

-All things "stringy", including string, yarn, dental floss and rubber bands can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation. Keep these items out of reach. Do a vacuum or floor scan of your new home before welcoming your pet/s.

A rule of thumb to follow: treat pet proofing much the same as you would approach baby proofing your home. No detail is too small to be overlooked. Take all the care in the world setting up pet safety in your new home, and you will have safe, happy and healthy pets as a result.