Possible Dangers To Pets In The House
One may think a pet is very safe if it is indoors. What could possibly cause them harm? This depends on the type of pet you have, its age and its personality. Some pets will eat anything or love exploring and end up in sticky situations. Others are less adventurous. Some owners are careful (or even obsessive) about keeping potential dangers away from their pets.
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Pets can enjoy exploring empty boxes, washing machines, clothes dryers, old refrigerators, cupboards and ovens. An item can tip over when an animal climbs into it. If they are unable to get out or the door closes causing them to become trapped there can be a problem.
A live electrical cord can electrocute a pet that chews it.
Stove tops and heaters
Cats can jump onto a stove top to check out the fish cooking there. Some hotplates retain heat for a long time after turned off and a cat can receive serious burns to their paws.
Pets can get burnt by a bar heater, gas fire or fireplace if they are too close. Use a screen or fire guard to prevent access to these heat sources.
If you know or suspect your pet has eaten something it shouldn't contact your local vet immediately for advice.
The following items sometimes found around the house can cause poisoning in pets:
Medications intended for human use can be toxic to pets Image courtesy of Pixabay
Gone are the days when owners fed their pets all manner of scraps of food intended for humans, not realising they could be harmful.
The following are a few of the foods that can cause illness or even death:
Plants including ivy, poinsettias, dieffenbachia, elephant ears,ferns and ribbon plant are poisonous. Don't allow your pet to chew on them.
Dieffenbachia looks lovely but is toxic to cats and dogs Image courtesy of Pixabay
The following items may cause choking:
Although cats and dogs can swim if they have to, drowning may occur if they are unable to get out of the water. Kittens are especially at risk and could drown in a bathtub, spa, sink, toilet or even a bucket. Make sure they can't access these things when no one is watching.
Take a look around your house to check for any of these potential risks and take any necessary precautions.
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