For many of us, pets are full-fledged family members. And as pet “parents,” it is our responsibility to provide a home where they can live and play safely — inside and out. Here are a few ways to make your home and yard as pet-friendly as possible.
While you cook & eat
- Use garbage cans with lids that close securely or lock, and keep the lids closed.
- Install child locks on lower cabinet doors.
- Store cleaning supplies and chemicals on upper shelves.
- Be aware of foods that can be poisonous to animals: grapes, raisins, chocolate and coffee grounds, among others.
As you clean up
- Keep toilet lids closed.
- Be sure that all medications, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dryer sheets and other chemicals are out of reach.
- Store sharp objects, such as razors, up high.
- Close doors on dryers and washers.
Where you live & play
- Move or cover electrical cords that could be chewed.
- Pick up children’s toys; small parts could be choking hazards, and batteries are toxic if eaten.
- Keep plants out of reach. Aloe vera, philodendron and others can be toxic to animals.
Out of the house
- Store sharp tools, chemicals and fertilizers high up.
- Clean up spilled or leaked antifreeze; even small amounts are very toxic to animals.
- Unplug and put away any power tools.
In your yard
- Check and repair fence boards that may be loose.
- Bury chicken wire to prevent pets from digging or escaping under fence boards.
- If you spray the yard with chemicals, fertilizers or herbicides, look for pet-safe options and/or follow manufacturer’s directions.
- Consider barriers around flower beds, vegetable gardens and open water areas such as swimming pools.