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Pet-friendly fixes for inside and out

Maintenance must-dos help keep your home and yard safe for your family's furriest members.

These maintenance must-dos can help keep your home and yard safe for pets.

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.


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