There’s more to being a pet owner than keeping your furry friend up to date on rabies shots and providing healthy food and treats. Did you know that the screens in your windows and even some plants in your garden may pose a hazard to your pet? Help keep your pet safe in your home by looking out for some of these household items that may be dangerous to your pet.
Don’t let Fido clean your plate
You might want to think twice before sharing food from your plate with your pet. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), human foods that can be dangerous to pets include avocado, chocolate, onions and even milk. A pet that eats the wrong food may experience muscle seizures, vomiting and other symptoms, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Secure window screens
Keeping your pet safe while he watches the world through an open window may require some attention, especially if the window is on the second floor or higher. To help prevent your dog or cat from falling out of a window, the ASPCA recommends installing sturdy window screens and making sure they fit tightly in the window.
Protect your pet from ice-melting chemicals
If snow and ice are in the forecast for your area this winter, don’t reach for the ice-melting chemicals just yet. Ice-melting pellets on your sidewalk or outdoor stairs can get on your dog’s paws if she steps on them. Your pet’s skin and/or paws may develop dryness and irritation, or she could get ill from licking the chemicals from her paws, according to the National Capital Poison Center.
Plant your garden with your pet’s safety in mind
While plants can look pretty in a pot on your deck or in your yard, the ASPCA notes that more than 1,000 plants may be dangerous to pets, including azaleas and sago palms. Talk to your veterinarian about plants you have in your home and yard and how to help protect your pet.
Hazards for pets in the yard may also extend beyond certain plants. Pesticides may be beneficial to pets since they can control pests such as insects, weeds and rodents, but some pesticides may also be harmful if ingested by pets. If you use a lawn service for your yard maintenance, consider mentioning that you have pets so that proper care can be taken if chemicals are applied.
While you can’t always protect your pet from dangers in your home, a little bit of planning and research can help you create a safe and nurturing environment for your furry friend.
Source: Allstate Insurance