Some would say that a house is not a home unless it has a pet or two. And there’s no denying the fact that pets make a wonderful addition to the household. They love unconditionally and provide excellent companionship. But they also have a tendency to destroy belongings and get themselves into situations that require an emergency trip to the vet. Homeowners can get around this problem by pet proofing their homes and putting tempting items out of harm’s way. This does require some work and potentially giving up some habits or items, but it’s worth it in the long run to keep the home safe and free from harm.
For example, cats and dogs have sensitivities to plants and foods are likely to ingest non-food items that require surgical intervention. Many pets also like to chew on wires. Dogs can get very sick from eating too much chocolate, and cats can get deathly ill when they nibble on plants from the lily family. And hair ties, a favorite cat toy, may wind up being chewed and swallowed. Dealing with the end result of any of these issues is usually expensive and heartbreaking, as the pet owner has to wait for surgery or medications to work. It’s best to remove risky items from the home to avoid these issues and monitor what their latest toy of choice is for safety.
Read through the infographic below to learn more about the types of objects, plants, and chemicals that can harm pets.