Four pet safety tips

People with small children usually take great pains in protecting them, but where it comes to their pets, they often have to learn a thing or two.

Washer and dryer

Cats and kittens love to curl up among your clothes. Before scooping up a load of laundry and placing it in the washing machine, sift through the clothes and check a cat, kitten or another pet isn’t hiding in there. You might notice a cat, but you wouldn’t necessarily notice a kitten.

By the same token, never close a washer or dryer and start a cycle without checking that a pet isn’t hiding in there.


Everyone knows that certain detergents and alcohol-based products are dangerous around small hands and paws. Yet where it comes to weed killers, people are reckless, endangering their pets’ life without realizing it. Instead of using aggressive weed killers, take a moment a familiarize yourself with natural products that won’t poison your cat, dog, bunny, or other pet.

Before winter sets in, most people treat their car to a dose of antifreeze. Keep that bottle well out of reach as this is a toxic liquid. When finished with treating your car, meticulously wipe up any spills.

If your home gets plagued with ants or cockroaches and you’ve decided to battle them with poison, keep pets out of the room. If you let professionals take care of the task, you might be asked to leave your home for 24 or 48 hours. Talk to the company about the danger to your pets. Remember that pets lick their paws. If they stepped into the remains of the poison that killed the cockroaches, you may have to rush your pet to the vet.


If your pet is sick, never administer medication without checking with your vet. Human medication is seldom suitable for animals. While some medication might merely cause them discomfort, others might kill them. Would you self medicate a baby? No? Well, then don’t self medicate a pet. You are not a vet!

Fruits, vegetables, and flowers

Familiarize yourself with which fruits and vegetables are suitable for your pets. Grapes, bananas, berries, and beans might be a source of goodness for you but might put your pets’ life in danger.

You might also want to brush up on what kind of flora is toxic to pets. If your pet is not at all interested in flowers and plants, you’re fairly safe, but if your cat or dog is a ‘chewer’ be on your guard at all times. Keep flowers and plants out of the house, or put them somewhere where your pet can’t get to them.

Don’t gamble with your pets’ life. Be aware of your surroundings and the dangers.



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