Ah, home sweet home! There’s no place I’d rather be with my dogs, and our home is truly our sanctuary. But did you know that there are dangers lurking in our homes, situations that are potentially deadly to our pets?
Today I’m sharing ways to protect your dog from these 4 hidden dangers at home. Keep reading, and be sure to share your tips with me in the comments below.
You may think giving your dog a bone is a lovely treat for them, but bones can be very hazardous. I recently gave my dogs a steak bone and within seconds, the bone had splintered. These little bone shards can become lodged in your dog’s digestive system and can be life-threatening. Although I’m sure your dog would love it, resist the urge to give her a bone. It’s just not worth the risk.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide can kill dogs just as it does humans. Never, ever leave your dog in your garage after the car has just been parked, as the exhaust fumes could be a real danger to them.
It’s also a great idea to have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home to make you aware of any safety issues. If you suspect your pet may have carbon monoxide poisoning, get them to the vet as quickly as possible.
Not every food that’s good for people is safe for dogs, as you’ll see in these tips from House Method. For example, onions are garlic are very toxic to dogs, as are chocolate, grapes, and raisins. I know it’s tempting to share what you’re eating with your dog, but don’t do it unless you know for certain that it’s a food that is safe for dogs.
Many candy products contain an artificial sweetener called Xylitol, which is extremely dangerous to dogs. A couple of common sources of Xylitol is chewing gum and, surprisingly, some peanut butters. My dogs love peanut butter, but I always check the label to make sure it does not contain Xylitol before giving it to them.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a food that is not safe, contact your vet immediately. Acting quickly can be the difference between life and death.
Dangers In The Garden
The best way to keep your dog safe outdoors is to create a dog-friendly backyard. Do your research to make sure the plants, flowers, and shrubs in your yard are not toxic to your pet. This article on PetMD is a great resource for recognizing the plants that are poisonous to dogs.
Twigs and mulch can also be a problem outdoors. I don’t know why, but my dogs seem to love mulch! Provide your pet with lots of safe toys outside to keep them from getting into something that could be potentially harmful for them.
The best way to keep your pet safe outdoors is to always supervise them closely. Never, ever leave your pet outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or other “safe” area. Dogs are like little kids, and they need our constant supervision in order to stay safe.
They say home is where the heart is, and I truly believe that. Putting just a little bit of thought and preparation into it will allow you to create a safe, loving home for your dog and will minimize the chances of your pet becoming sick or injured.
What tips can you provide for keeping your dog safe at home? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!