Safe Havens For Pets – 5 Ways To Make Your Home Safe For A Pet

By Debbie Davis It is estimated that more than 60% of homes in the United States alone have one or more pets. And one of the best things you can do for a pet is to eliminate as many hazards as possible. Here are 5 things you can do to make your home safer. Secure the garbage. Trash can be hazardous to pets. And some pets are able to raid the can better than others. Things such as jagged or tiny bones and other sharp items can puncture and tear vital organs as they make their way through the digestive tract. Other items that are hazardous such as chocolate, coffee and tea bags, discarded medication can all be deadly. Storing the trash inside a cabinet in a container that has a lid is a good idea. Lightweight containers that can be overturned by bigger animals should be avoided. If you avoid feeding your dog table scraps there is a chance that they may never be interested. But admittedly this is easier said than done. And once they’ve had a taste of people food, there’s no turning back. Establish toilet etiquette. As gross as this sounds, for those of us who are pet owners (particularly dogs), you know that some animals just like to go there. If you have a pet who likes toilet water, make sure that everyone who uses it always flushes until the water is clean. It’s also important that if this is your pet’s only water source, that everyone (guests included) is reminded to leave the top up and the door open. Forgetting do this can...

Pet Waste Duty

Yesterday, I spent two hours on one yard cleaning up after a Great Dane and two Labradors. While it was a small yard, the owners had not picked up for, what they admittedly said, was four months or so. I literally had a large 33 gallon bag full of pet waste for them to put out in their trash for the next day! There was not a section of grass that was not FULL of dog piles. While it is not a subject that is broached on a regular basis, there are health implications involved in keeping your yard clean and clear of pet waste. Especially if you have larger dogs. I think I touched on this in an earlier post, but dog feces is NOT good for your grass or garden. It is not compostable either. This is because dogs are meat eaters and their waste does not fertilize, but can possible kill your grass. Also, your dogs are, well… they are dogs. They do not care all that much about avoiding previously deposited piles and will walk through them just as easily as step around them. It may not seem like they are bringing anything in, but parasites are microscopic as is the bacteria they can track onto your rug, your sofa, your clothes when they jump on you and your lap, and maybe even your bed. Having someone clean your yard of pet waste weekly is a healthy and wise decision. If you find it a distasteful chore and your kids, even when assigned the task, do not do a good job because they, too, do...