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How to keep pets safe and healthy at home

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Smart homemaking means taking care of everyone that inhabits the home, including your beloved pets.

Here are nine tips to keeping your living spaces safe and comfortable, even for the four-legged members of the family:

  • Latch cabinet doors and drawers shut

    Use child-proofing locks to secure cabinets, cupboards, and drawers. This will keep pets safe from stored chemicals or other toxic substances that you otherwise need for home maintenance. This also minimizes the risk of your pets getting trapped inside storage spaces by accident.

  • Manage your cable clutter

    Exposed electrical wires – whether flat on the floor or suspended above the ground – are potential hazards to young pets, such as puppies that are teething. One curious bite can lead to serious harm. Practice tidy cable management to keep all wiring out of sight as much as possible.

  • Learn about house plants that are potentially poisonous to your pets

    House plants add life and energy to living spaces, but not all of them are safe to keep if you have a pet around. Some lily and some ivy species, for example, are toxic to dogs and cats. Cacti can cause injuries when your pet gets a bit too nosy around them. Do some research to know which plants to choose and which ones to avoid for your home.

  • Store medication, household chemicals, and other harmful substances high off the ground

    Use shelves and elevated storage spaces for substances that can cause harm to your pets when ingested. These include your prescription medication, household cleaning solutions, and paints.

  • Keep garbage bins covered

    A hungry pet will instinctively sniff out food sources around the home, and your garbage bins are some of the most tempting places to look. Keep all your trash cans covered or better yet, stored away in a cabinet or outside the house to prevent access.

  • Check on their chew toys

    Chew toys are a great way to keep household pets engaged (not to mention distracted away from your appliances and furniture). But remember to check
    on these items every now and then. Older toys may be nibbled down into small sizes that make them potential choking hazards. Some might already have sharp points and edges that can cause injury.

  • Clean up after your pets as soon as possible

    In addition to training your pets to relieve themselves in their own dedicated spaces, make it a habit to clean up after them as soon as you can. Clean and disinfected living spaces will help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

  • Block off dangerous areas around your property

    Some of your favorite parts of the house – a swimming pool, terrace, or roof deck, for example – may be the most dangerous areas for your pet. Block these off or at least keep a closer eye on your pets if you are taking them there with you.

  • Monitor temperature and humidity around the home

    Pay attention to how your home’s temperature and humidity affect your pets’n comfort and health. Research specific needs and coping mechanisms for particular breeds to know how to care for them in times of extreme weather.

    During colder months, keep your pets away from your heaters to prevent accidental burns.

Make the most out of your Colorado home with more lifestyle and homemaking tips from me, local real estate expert Anne Dresser Kocur. Reach out to me today at 303.229.6464 or adresser(at)livsir(dotted)com.

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