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Keeping Your Puppy Safe – Pet Proofing at Home

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Keeping Your Puppy Safe – Pet Proofing at Home

There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a puppy into your home, they are full of fun and energy which rubs off on the family. As an owner of a new puppy, you should take steps to ensure they are safe and secure in their new surroundings. You’ve a lot of things to do to care for the new arrival, you’ll need to find an affordable insurance policy, a local vet, the right food and a doggy bed to sleep in. In addition, you’ll have to pet proof your property.

Keep Them Away from the Bin

From the moment your puppy arrives, they’ll be full of excitement and curiosity, you’ll find them all over the house exploring each and every corner. This is all fun and games until they get near the trash and start to make a mess. There are all sorts of interesting smells coming from the bin, that’s why puppies get so attracted to them. When you pet proof your home, make sure you keep the bins in an area they can’t access. There could be something inside that is toxic or they could swallow an object that blocks their airway.

Proper Electrical Cords

As mentioned before, your pup will be as adventurous as ever when they reach your home. They’ll want to check out every inch and that includes playing with electrical cords. You don’t want a young pup anywhere near a cable, charger or cord, so keep them up high, use covers or buy a deterrent spray. Here are some ways to keep your puppy away from dangerous electrical points.

  • Only Use Sockets Which are Protected
  • Give Them Toys to Keep Them Occupied
  • Never Leave Them Unsupervised

Messing with a socket or cord could lead to a nasty injury or even something more serious.

Provide Space

A new pup should have a space of their own, somewhere they can retreat to when they get tired and need a rest. Somewhere like a crate, a pen or a spot on the sofa is good, if you can get them used to a crate all the better. Once they feel comfortable, you’ll have less issues with them travelling or going to the vet.

Safely Store Medication

You’d be surprised at how many puppies die from ingesting human medication each year. It is one of the most common accidents that vets encounter. You should never leave medication or supplements on a countertop or on a table, safely store them in cabinets where your puppy can’t access them. It is also sensible to store pet medication in another area to yours; you don’t want to mix the two up.

The best way to ensure your new puppy is safe in your home is to take measures to secure the entire house. If they get sick or accidently get injured, it is also important to have pet insurance. Taking out a policy on a young dog gives you access to first-class medical attention in the event of an incident. You’ll also find it easier to purchase a cheaper policy when insuring a puppy.