Kittens and puppies are naturally
inquisitive, which can often lead to serious
injury. Here are some tips on how you can
make your house safer for the new arrival.
Shocking-Young animals love to chew when
they are teething. Keep electrical wires out
of reach, securely covered or sprayed with
They’d die for
some chocolate…Chocolate can be dangerous.
It contains theobromine, a powerful
stimulant that is toxic to pets. Sweets,
cakes and cookies can also upset a young
animal’s GI tract and lead to diarrhea and
vomiting, which can be serious. Never give
turkey, chicken or rib bones as a treat.
They can splinter and cause serious injury.
Common household killers…Cleaning agents,
bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, drain
cleaner, oven cleaner, paint, gasoline and
rat poison. Keep them locked up. CHECK THE ANTIFREEZE…Pets
are attracted to the odor and sweet taste of
antifreeze. Store it high and tightly
sealed, wiping up any spills on the garage
floor. Window-washing solution also contains
antifreeze. Remember, engine warmth promotes
cat naps, so HONK
YOUR HORN to wake pets who may be
under the hood.
Killer house plants… Poisonous plants
include lilies, philodendron, dieffenbachia,
elephant ear, eucalyptus, spider plants,
azalea, ivy, amaryllis, pyracantha,
oleander, boxwood, Jerusalem Cherry and
plant bulbs, holly and mistletoe. Keep off
the grass…If you treat your lawn with
chemicals, keep pets away. Read and follow
label directions carefully.
It fit yesterday…Kittens and puppies grow
rapidly. Collars and harnesses can be
rapidly outgrown, leading to serious wounds.
Take care of personal care items and
medications…Cosmetics, shampoos, skin
creams, hair-perm solutions, depilatories,
suntan lotions, sleeping pills,
antihistamines, aspirin and acetaminophen
can be lethal to pets. Don’t leave plastic
bags out. Inquisitive young animals,
especially kittens can suffocate in a short
The heat is on…Watch out for hot irons,
coffee pots and space heaters. Kittens and
puppies will suddenly be able to jump to new
heights. Always use a fireplace screen. A
dip tip…Keep covers on hot tubs, swimming
pools. Kittens and even young puppies can
fall in and not be able to get out. RULE OF
THUMB…If any or all of something will fit in
a mouth, it is dangerous: Watch out for
cigarette butts, rubber bands, balloons,
sewing needles, thread, string, ribbons and
yes even pantyhose. What goes in must come
out, often via surgery.