The pandemic affected many of us in significant ways, but one of the largest impacts was had on the pet industry. In fact, as the lockdown and social distancing forced people to spend time in the confinements of their homes, 70% of Americans reported spending significantly more time with their pets. Now, as life returns to normalcy, both humans and their furry companions are falling into their regular routine, and that often means leaving our beloved pet at home.
No matter if you are at home with your pet, or away for a long amount of time, the house should be secure and pet-proofed to ensure safety and prevent accidents from occurring. Here are some tips and tricks to guarantee the well-being and happiness of our pets at home.
Have Proper Doors
Having a solid door that keeps pets in and prevents them from tearing through screens and escaping is important to prevent them from getting lost in the neighborhood. Crimsafe supplies high-quality home security solutions, such as stainless steel woven mesh screen doors, or patio and outdoor enclosures. With a reliable and toughly built door, you won’t have to worry about your pet getting out.
Store Household Cleaners and Chemicals in a Safe Place
You would be surprised at how many household items are toxic for pets! Obviously, rodenticides and insecticides are poisonous and can be even deadly if accidentally ingested, so never put this bait out where a pet can find it. Store bottles of insecticides on high shelves out of a pet’s reach.
Some pets are attracted to the curious smells of garbage and will try to claw their way inside the bag. This can become dangerous due to molds and bacteria, hazardous food scraps, and plastic or other materials they could choke on. Keep your trashcan stored inside something or in the garage to avoid this.
Keep Medicine Locked Away
Over-the-counter and prescription medications should be stored safely inside a medicine cabinet or a cupboard high where your pet can’t access them. If your pet ingests medication, call the vet immediately.
Some human foods are deadly to pets, so never leave food in reach of pets, and be mindful of children dropping or spilling these foods to areas where pets may nibble on them:
Just like a child, be mindful of dangerous hot surfaces within your home and if your pet has easy access to them, such as stove tops, ovens, grills, beauty tools, and candles. Never leave these items unattended around pets when in use.
Both dogs and cats have the tendency to chew on plants, so if your plant is toxic, be sure to keep it in a place out of reach. The most common toxic plants are:
- Autumn crocus
- Lily of the valley
- Sago palm
At Budget Blinds of North County San Diego, our goal is to keep your home safe and sound, and just how you want it. Whether you want to upgrade your security or add a little privacy to your home, we have the solutions that will be perfect for you and your furry friends. Call us at (760) 529-0014 for more information, or learn about our products and services here.