We found this great article with tips on what to do in your home to make sure your furry family is safe. These tips include keeping your house safe, keeping your home clean, and keeping a good environment. Click this link for the full original article: https://learn.livingdirect.com/pet-friendly-house/

  1. Childproof Latches: Kitchen and bathroom cupboards, this will prevent animals from getting to foods and chemicals that can cause them harm
  2. Store Items High: Keep medications, cleaners, and other chemicals on high shelves. Added protection with childproof latches to keep them out of the dangerous stuff
  3. Cover the Garbage: Garbage cans are usually filled with a collection of old food, dangerous chemicals, and small indigestible pieces of trash that can all be harmful to animals
  4. Use Blockades: Animals can get trapped behind large units and overheat. To prevent this, put up blockades so they can’t get behind appliances like washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, or air conditioning units
  5. Keep Food out of Reach: Different foods cause problems for dogs and cats and the wrapper could also present a choking hazard
  6. Close the Toilet Lid: Prevents small animals from drowning. Allowing your pets the opportunity to drink out of the bowl is dangerous too, as it exposes them to all sorts of harmful chemicals
  7.  Avoid Dangling Wires: Your animals might get hurt if they chew on any wires
  8. Hide Breakable or Chewable Items: Be wary of placing knick-knacks, picture frames, vases or other dangerous items on low shelves. Smaller or breakable items should be kept higher than your pet can get to
  9. Dangerous House Plants: Common houseplants that are actually dangerous for your animals to ingest are Lilies, Azaleas, Oleander, Tulips, Yew, Chrysanthemum and English Ivy and many more. Be sure to research if your houseplants are hazards to your animals
  10. Strings and Threads: Sewing rooms in general can be very dangerous for pets. It is easy for a cat to choke on some thread while playing with it
  11. Laundry and Shoes: Keep your laundry and shoes in closets or proper bins, so your pets can’t eat them. Not only can pets ruin your clothes for you, but small pieces like buttons and zippers can be choking hazards
  12. Closet and Cupboard Traps: Be careful not to close your cat or dog in closets, cupboards, or drawers
  13. Rugs and Claws: Pick rugs that resist stains, such as indoor-outdoor rugs, as well as ones that do not have high loops. Cats can get hooked by their claws and hurt themselves
  14. Healthy Chew Toys: Make sure dogs, especially puppies, have a few things they can chew on. These could be durable toys, hooves, snouts, or some dog-friendly chewing snack. Some of these may pose a choking hazard, so do research before you leave your pet with them
  15. Scratch Pads: Give your cats something they can scratch. Try setting up scratching posts in the areas that you frequent
  16. Nail Caps: You can use claw caps to lessen the damage a cat can do to your furniture and favorite clothing. The caps are attached with a little bit of cat-friendly nail glue, they still allow the cat to retract their nails and they fall off naturally
  17. Hide Pet Hari: Pick rugs, bedding, blankets, pillows and other décor pieces that won’t show hair. For example, if you have a black dog think about using darker colors
  18. Accident Cleaner: If you have young pets especially, accidents happen. Make sure to have a cleaner that will clean and disinfect animal waste and other messes
  19. Closed Storage: Closed storage means your little puppy can’t pull things off the shelf, which keeps them safer and your home cleaner
  20. Regular Grooming: Can help lessen the amount of pet hair around the house
  21. Proper Vacuum Cleaner: Get a vacuum that has a high efficiency particulate air filter. This will be better at picking up pet hair
  22. Lint Remover: Have plenty of lint removers on hand to remove hair from your clothes before you go out
  23. Dirty Paws: Wipe off your pet’s paws before you let them in the house
  24. Food Bowl: Keep a plastic place mat under your pet’s dishes to make cleaning spilled food easier. If you keep the food bowls slightly elevated you can avoid having ants or other unwelcome critters from getting into the food