Home Dangers : Have You Puppy-Proofed Your Home?

If you have an adorable little puppy running around the house, the last thing you want to see is an accident where the little guy gets cut, poisoned, or stepped on.  However, accidents do happen and you should be prepared.  Better yet, it is best if you practice safety prevention rather than waiting for something bad to happen to your puppy.

All it takes is just one little circumstance to go unnoticed which can cause a great deal of pain to your puppy. These little animals have an insatiable appetite when it comes to curiosity.  Everything they see and smell looks like a great adventure and from their point of view, it’s all open territory. They see no danger and instead move forward to check things out.  This is why you want to take the following safety prevention measures so that you can somewhat puppy-proof your house.

1. The first thing you should do is look around every room of your home and try to dispose of small items that your puppy may swallow.  Puppies tend to try to swallow anything that they can get a hold of.

Unfortunately, not all small items will safely pass through the dog’s intestines which can prove to be fatal.  Other times, your puppy’s system will try to gag and cough up the object which can go on for a long period of time.  If your dog does not get the object out then the intestine becomes blocked and can rupture.

2. The second important home safety precaution to take is to hide or elevate your electrical cords and wires.  Every home has wires and cords that must be in each room, but if left hanging there, dangling like a treat, your puppy is guaranteed to be tempted to play with it.

If he chews on these electrical items, your puppy is going to get hurt.  The damage caused by gnawing through to the inside wiring of these cords can cause a mild shock or worse, third-degree burns. And in many cases, the electrocution can be so severe that it may cause your puppy to die from the shock. It is best to elevate all of the wirings that you can and use heavy-duty tape to cover up the other cords that have to be on and around the floor area

3. Last but not least, keep your home free from dangerous poisons and toxins that your puppy can ingest.  Remember, our pets use their mouths for virtually all investigations and because they are extremely curious, toxic items can be easily ingested with one lick. Such household poisons can include anti-freeze, rat poison, garbage, lead, and even chocolate.