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Kittens and puppies are naturally inquisitive, which can lead to serious injury. Here are some tips on how you can make your house safer for your new arrival.

  • Electrical Wires

      Cat in Washer Dryer
      Kittens are naturally curious.

      Puppy Chewing Cane
      Puppies like to chew... everything!

    It's shocking! Young animals love to chew when they are teething. Keep electrical wires out of reach by either taping them up against a wall or baseboard or by using a pet-repellent spray.

  • Dying for Chocolate

    Chocolate is dangerous because it contains theobromine, a powerful stimulant that is toxic to pets. Sweets, cakes and cookies can also upset a young animal's intestinal tract and cause diarrhea and vomiting.

  • Treats = Threats

    Never give turkey, chicken or rib bones as a treat. They can splinter and cause serious internal injury.

  • Common Household Cleaners

    Cleaning agents, bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, paint, gasoline and rat poison can be dangerous to pets. 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 or driveway. Window-washing solution also contains antifreeze (cats also like warm engines, so honk your horn first to wake any sleeping pets under the car's 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 can be toxic to cats and dogs.
  • Pet Collars and Harnesses

    It fit yesterday! Puppies and kittens grow rapidly and quickly. Make sure your pet's collars and harnesses fit - it they are too tight, they can cause serious wounds.

  • Keep Off the Grass

    If you treat your lawn with chemicals, keep pets away. Read and follow label directions carefully.

  • Personal Care Items and Medications.

    Cosmetics, shampoos, skin creams, hair perm solutions, depilatories, suntan lotions, sleeping pills, antihistamines, aspirin, acetaminophen and prescription medicines can all be lethal to pets.

  • Plastic Bags Are Not Toys

    Put your plastic bags away. Inquisitive young animals, especially kittens, can suffocate while playing with them.

  • The Heat Is On

    Watch out for hot irons, stove tops, coffee pots and space heaters. Kittens and puppies can jump to amazing heights!

  • A Dip Tip

    Keep covers on hot tubs and swimming pools. Kittens and young puppies can fall in and drown.

  • 'Tis the Season

    Keep holly, mistletoe and especially Christmas tree tinsel and ornaments out of reach from pets so they don't try to eat them. You may need to stabilize your tree if your pet is a climber!

  • Cozy Up

    Always use a fireplace screen to keep your pets from getting too close to the fire.

  • Do You Eat with That Mouth?!

    Rule of thumb: If any or all of something will fit in your pet's mouth, it can be dangerous. Watch out for cigarette butts, rubber bands, balloons, sewing needles, thread, string, ribbons and, yes, even pantyhose. What goes in must come out. We don't want to have to do emergency surgery to remove a foreign object from your pet.

If you have questions about puppy and kitten-proofing your home, or general questions about your growing puppy or kitten, call us at (978) 453-1784.

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