As risky as a dog can sometimes prove to a dwelling, similarly the house can even also as or even more dangerous to a dog. Some pet owners found out about this the hard way, to their great distress (and even greater price) through the years.
Death By Chocolate is not a particularly amusing idea in the canine world. Neither, for that matter, is death by rat bait, death by the ever toxic antifreeze, nor the less common death by lead paint poisoning.
Whether you intend to bring a new dog into your home or you already have a dog living with you, the following safety tips will help ensure your pet’s prolonged health and happiness:
- All drugs, vitamins, herbal teas and other curatives are potentially poisonous to dogs and should be kept securely stored in closed cabinets or drawers.
- Household cleaners and motor additives, especially antifreeze, should also be kept well out of their reach. The canisters should be carefully disposed of when emptied.
- Blue boxes and other garbage bins must be kept securely lidded all the time.
- On no account should you place bugs, cockroach or mouse poison where a dog can smell them out.
- Always place a clean bowl of water out for your dog and discourage it from drinking from the toilet. Also keep the toilet lid down. As an added precaution, never use automatic toilet bowl fresheners when you have pets around.
- Never leave food around that could be fatal to a dog. This is gravely important in the case of chicken (brittle bones can pierce a dog’s intestines) and chocolate (which can bring about canine blindness and death).
- For the same reason, try to keep little, easily swallowed objects such as coins, toys and decorations safely out of the pet’s reach.
- Bunch up those irresistibly chewable electrical cords before treating them with a bitter-tasting spray, which is available through most pet centers and vet’s centers.
- Specific household and garden plants, can also be dangerous to a dog.
For more lists of precautions and pet advice, visit your local Animal Welfare Society, nearest animal shelter, or pet websites.
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