To truly pet-proof your home, start by getting down on the floor to see the world the way your pet sees it.
This allows you to spot potential hazards that you might not notice from your vantage point.
Here are Seven Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home for the Holidays from Erin Askeland and Camp Bow Wow:
Quick, Easy Ways to Pet-Proof Your Home for the Holidays
Treat your Pet like you would a Child:
Active puppies and kittens can quickly get into dangerous situations.
Use safety gates in areas where dangerous holiday items are to prevent your pet from getting into trouble.
Take Caution with Wires:
Pets can easily injure themselves with electrical wires and outlets.
Use caution when hanging up holiday lights on trees and around the house.
Secure all electrical cords and outlets and keep your dog in areas of your home where cords cannot be accessed.
Avoid Holiday Plants:
Plants can be poisonous for pets, so be cautious when placing holiday wreaths, flowers, and plants around the house where your dog can easily access them.
Lit candles pose a severe threat to both your dog and your home.
Keep your dog away from candles because they can easily be knocked down, creating a fire hazard.
Hide the Trash Can:
A hyper puppy can easily knock over a trash can and spread garbage and bacteria throughout your home.
In addition, dogs can choke on hazardous items, so be sure to properly dispose of all holiday wrapping and keep it out of your dog’s reach.
It’s best to use a dog proof trash can to keep your furry family member safe.
Utilize a Sofa Cover:
To avoid fur on your loveseat, use a seat, sofa cover, or slipcover to avoid a mess before guests arrive.
Be Careful with Fruit and Candy Baskets:
Holiday treats will inevitably be present during this season, but grapes (and raisins), chocolate, and other holiday treats are actually deadly for dogs.
Instead, consider making these dog treats to include your pet in the festivities.
Candy wrappers can also be threatening to your dog, so be sure to throw away all wrappers in a place where your dog can’t get to them.