Pet Safety in the Kitchen
We recently examined pet safety during the holidays, but did you know the Top 10 toxins for your dog, according to VPI Pet, can be found in the common household kitchen year-round?
At the top of the list – CHOCOLATE– so beware of leaving out those half-eaten heart-shaped boxes this month! Even a small bite can lead to a world of heartbreak for you and a painful tummy ache, if not worse, for your little one.
When thinking about pet safety, try putting yourself in their paws. Look at things from their vantage point and remember they are as curious as two-year-olds, sniffing around for interesting artifacts to chew on and lap up. Something you casually toss into a small trashcan could wind up in their bellies, so be mindful.
It’s a good idea to have designated areas for your fur babies and be consistent with where and when they eat, enjoy treats, and play, especially when you are introducing a new dog or puppy into your home. The way you set things up and the routines you establish will register with your pup, so make it clear what the rules and boundaries are.
For instance, if you keep household cleaners under the kitchen sink, let them know that area is off-limits by training them to stay away when you are opening cabinets; or keep a baby gate handy to create a barrier in areas they need to stay away from!
Also keep in mind that exposed electrical cords, small utensils, and other human household items look like toys to your pet, so be sure to tuck things away and keep things out of reach, especially when you aren’t there to monitor them. Keep an eye on dirty dishes and sinks, especially with kids around, as spoiled food, coffee, artificial sweeteners or raw eggs can lead to digestive upset and may be unwittingly left behind during the morning rush.
As we all know, dogs are highly intelligent creatures, but inquisitive noses can lead to trouble, so it is up to you, as a good pet parent, to keep a close eye on anything and everything that could potentially cause harm to your four-legged friend.