Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Trust Hardware has been going through some exciting updates lately: we’re now in 3 locations, and that means more puppies for each location! Roscoe does his best to keep the pups in line, but he can’t be everywhere at once. We’ve had to adapt and find ways to keep Stanley, Walt, and Red safe and out of trouble, and we thought we’d share our best tips with you. Here’s some helpful information if you’re trying to pet-proof your home.

Kitchen

  • Keep foods out of reach. Many foods that humans enjoy are toxic to pets. Plus, the packaging can harmful, even if the food itself isn’t.
  • Use childproof latches to keep your pet out of your cabinets.
  • Keep trashcans covered or inside a latched cabinet.

Bathrooms and Laundry Room

  • Put medications, cleaners, laundry supplies, and any other chemicals on high shelves or in secured cabinets.
  • Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful substances.
  • Check for and block any small spaces or nooks that your pet could get stuck in (i.e. inside cabinets and behind washer/dryer units).
  • If you have a kitten, make sure they haven’t jumped into the dryer before you turn it on.
  • Make sure your dog doesn’t chew on towels or stray socks; they may be particularly tempting but can lead to gastrointestinal problems if swallowed.

Living Room

  • Put wires from lamps, TVs, chargers, etc. out of reach.
  • Put away small toys (choking hazards) and knick-knacks or decorations that can be knocked over and broken.
  • Make sure all heating/air vents have covers.
  • Move houseplants out of reach. Beyond causing messes, these can be poisonous to your four-legged friends.

Bedrooms

  • Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major issues if swallowed).
  • Don’t leave any medications, lotions, and cosmetics on accessible surfaces, like the bedside table.
  • Keep wires and chargers out of reach.
  • If you have a kitten, be careful that you don’t shut them in closets or dresser drawers.

Garage and Basement

  • Move all chemicals to high shelves or secured behind doors.
  • Clean all antifreeze from the floor and driveway---even one taste can be lethal to animals.
  • Keep all sharp objects, tools, and swallowing hazards out of reach.
  • Bang on your car hood before leaving to ensure that your kitten has not hidden in the engine for warmth.

Outdoor Spaces

  • Many chemicals used in outdoor spaces, such as compost, cocoa-based mulches, pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers, can cause your pet harm. Keep these stored appropriately, use as directed, and keep your pet off treated lawns for the required period of time.
  • Various plants can be toxic to animals, so be sure to keep your pet away from your garden.
  • Be sure latticework is in good repair so your pet won’t get stuck or crawl into spaces they shouldn’t go.
  • Ashes and flames from fire pits and outdoor cooking devices can be dangerous, so keep an eye on both the fire and your pet during cookouts.
  • Beware of pools, hot tubs, and ponds. Even if your pet can swim, they can still drown if they fall in and can’t get out.
  • Make sure to regularly check for and protect your pet from fleas and ticks.

These are some of the tips and tricks we’ve gathered in getting ready for the new pups. This is definitely not a comprehensive list though; ask your local vet for help if you have any further questions! Happy puppy parenting!