Having a family pet means taking steps to ensure their environment is both safe and stimulating. As a pet owner, you are responsible for their health and overall quality of life. This means taking them for regular walks, providing them with good nutrition and inspecting your home for anything that could cause them an illness or injury. Here are some household items that are hazardous to your pets.
Flowers & Plants
You’d be surprised at just how many different flowers and plants can be toxic to your family pets. While some plants may look great, they can be fatal to dogs and cats. Before you buy a new flower or plant for your garden or home, make sure you check the species to see if it poses a threat. Have a look at the name of the species and do a quick Google search for plants toxic to dogs or cats. If you are afraid you’ll make a mistake, you can always opt for artificial plants.
Here is a small sample of the many plants and flowers which are toxic to pets:
- Easter Lilies
- Castor Bean
- Tulip Bulbs
Some pet owners are under the impression their dog or cat can eat almost anything. Did you know that chocolate is dangerous for your pet? Although dark chocolate has some health benefits for humans, it isn’t the same for pets. Although most adults know, young children are yet to learn this fact. They think they are doing their pet a favour by giving them something sweet that they already love to eat. Your pets should stay clear of other harmful foods such as chewing gum, fatty foods, grapes and raisins.
Just like you wouldn’t purchase toys with small component for a child under 3, you shouldn’t have them lying around if you’ve a pet in your home. Small, colourful toys hold the same appeal for pets as they do for young children. A dog could easily swallow a small piece of Lego and block their airway.
Tea, Coffee & Alcohol
All of these items are on the ASPCA’s website which shows a list of drinks you should never give to your family pet. Alcohol is particularly dangerous for animals, it causes them to dehydrate, get sick, suffer from diarrhea and sometimes have difficulty breathing.
Planning Ahead & Pet Insurance
Before you bring a dog or cat into your home, you should take out pet insurance for peace of mind. If anything goes wrong, you’ll have cover that gives your pet access to the best possible medical treatment in your area. You won’t have to worry about the cost with comprehensive cover.
There are many items and different types of food which can cause your family pet harm. You can’t train them to not be curious and inquisitive, the best thing to do is to remove the hazards or never give your pet the opportunity to get near them. Taking out pet insurance is also a must if you wish to safeguard your family and provide them with first-class treatment.