Pet safety —Dos and don’ts

Our homes are full of hidden pet hazards; check out how to keep your pet safe

09 Jan 2018 By Leanne Philpott Comments

Do check their medicine

Have you looked in your medicine cabinet lately and checked your pet’s medication? It could be out of date, and if so, should not be sitting in your medicine cabinet within reach. If your pet has expired medicine, take it back to the pharmacy where they can dispose of it safely and sustainably. By returning your own and your pet’s medicine to the pharmacy, you can ensure it doesn’t get thrown in the bin or down the drain which is very damaging to the environment. The Return Unwanted Medicines initiative is a free and convenient way to dispose of medicines through your local pharmacy.

medicine for dogs

Don’t feed your dog festive food

With the festive period over, you may have a lot of food around your house that is a potential danger to your pet. Leaving chocolates in a bowl sitting on the table are a major hazard if your pet can jump to get them! This is especially dangerous for dogs, as we all know. You may also have some Christmas meat that is beginning to get old, but this should not be given to your pet, especially the bones. Cooked meat bones can be brittle and end up breaking, causing gum damage.

dalmatian eating fruit

Do put the toilet seat down — no, seriously!

The toilet could look like a fun place to dive into if you are an animal, but this can be very dangerous. If your pet likes to explore new places, its best to keep the toilet seat down to avoid them falling in there and not being able to get out. It’s a simple habit that could keep your pet safe from a very dangerous hazard!

Don’t forget the hidden hazards

Things like electrical cords that are dangling in front of your pet’s face is a disaster waiting to happen. Ensure that you cable manage in your loungeroom and bedroom so you don’t find your pet chewing on cords they should be. Instead, buy them a chew toy that they can safely play with.

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There are also many plants that are poisonous to your pet. Some of these can be very fast acting and cause illness. For a full list of poisonous plants, visit the RSPCA website.

09 Jan 2018 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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