Tips on Puppy and Kitten Profing Your House

Kittens and puppies are naturally inquisitive little creatures. Here are some common dangers facing your new four-legged babies, and some tips on keeping them safe.

They'll Eat Anything!

Poisonous Household Items - prescription medications, aspirin, antihistamines, cosmetics, shampoos, skin creams, all cleaning products, gasoline, and rat poison, are just a few of the substances that should be kept safely away from pets

Killer Plants - lilies, philodendron, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, eucalyptus, spider plants, azalea, ivy, amaryllis, pyracantha, oleander, boxwood, Jerusalem Cherry and plant bulbs. Check with a nursery when in doubt

Edible to you, dangerous to them - Sweets, cakes & cookies can cause stomach upset in young animals, leading to diarrhea and vomiting. Chocolate contains a powerful stimulant that can be toxic to pets of any age. Keep turkey, chicken or rib bones away from your pets - they can splinter and cause choking or serious injuries.

If It Fits in the Mouth, It's Probably Dangerous. All areas accessible to puppies and kittens should be kept clear of balloons, string, ribbons, pins & needles, rubber bands, cigarette butts, plastic bags and, yes, even underwear. These items can cause choking or obstruction, and may have to be surgically removed!

Wet 'n Wild - and Treacherous! Kittens and small puppies could fall into swimming pools or hot tubs and be unable to get out. Be sure you keep pools safely covered or surrounded by pet-proof gates.

Hot! Hot! Hot! Be very careful with hot irons, coffee pots, space heaters - kittens and puppies can jump higher than we think. Also, be sure to use a fireplace screen when sitting by the fire. Perhaps even more dangerous than heat or fire, electrical wires can cause fatalities - keep them out of reach of young animals, who love to chew on anything available.

Most of these tips are applicable to pets of all ages, not just the young ones. Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions you may have concerning your pets. We are here to help our clients in any way we can, including providing information on the responsibilities of pet ownership.