Your pet is a beloved member of your family. Just as you would childproof your home for kids, you should also ensure it’s a safe environment for your dog, cat, bird, or other pet, as well. The first thing to do to make sure your home is as pet-friendly as possible is to keep it clean. Not only can carpets and surfaces attract dust and dirt that’s harmful to humans, it can also be harmful to pets. The same goes for indoor air quality. Just as you wouldn’t want to breathe in filthy air, neither does your pet.
Animals love to explore, but they can also make a mess. To avoid having laundry and shoes scattered around the house, put dirty clothes in a laundry basket with a lid and put shoes in your closet and close the door. Dogs may not know the difference between the kids’ toys and their own, so it’s a good idea to put trains, cars, and stuffed animals on shelves or behind closed doors. No one likes trash on the floor either, so help your animals be good by putting trash in a trash can that they can’t get to and knock over.
Pets love the outdoors, but there are certain plants that are poisonous to animals, such as azaleas, English ivy, and Chrysanthemums, and therefore should be eliminated from your yard. Beware of what materials you’re using to landscape, as well; cocoa mulch may look nice, but it also smells delicious to animals and is toxic if ingested.
By taking a few small measures, you’ll ensure your home is pet-friendly and your pets are safe and healthy.