While the Coronavirus epidemic is no doubt a terrible time in our nation’s history, one small silver lining is that pet adoptions have skyrocketed, with many shelters reporting a complete clean-out of all needy residents. If you’re considering adopting, or have already started to adopt, a new four-legged friend, here are some ways to make your home as safe and accommodating as possible.
Many common medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can be dangerous or even deadly to puppies. Make sure to remove all bottles from countertops and store them in a secure place, like a locked cupboard. Remember, too, that a determined chewer can make short work of a plastic bottle, and puppies can be surprisingly good jumpers!
Make sure that all of your trash cans are “step” models with tightly closed lids, especially bathroom trash cans, which can contain used razor blades, biohazards, and chemicals.
Common household plants, such as Azaleas, can be very toxic to dogs, especially young puppies. You might also consider replacing your real plants with artificial alternatives, or moving them outside.
Electrical cords are a big temptation for chew-happy puppies, so make sure they are inaccessible. Cords that can’t be hidden from sight can be run through cord concealers or PVC pipe. Cords from drapery and blinds can cause strangulation, so make sure that they are safely tied up and out of the way.
In many cases, adoption centers will make a fenced-in yard a requirement for adoption. But even if that’s not the case, installing a new fence will allow your dog to run, play, explore, and relax in a safe, natural environment. Veterinarians and animal rescue groups highly recommend choosing a real wooden, metal or vinyl fence over an “invisible” electric fence, as the latter can cause behavior issues, and does not protect your dog from being stolen or attacked by passing people and animals.
If you need a new fence in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, just give us a call! We’ll be happy to install, repair, or replace any fence make or model you have, and make sure that your new best friend has a place to play and roam safely! Click here to request a free estimate.