Items That You Need to Keep Away

Safe home tips for dog owners
Safe home tips for dog owners

Dogs are astoundingly curious, just like small children. When they see something new, then it’s time to investigate. When you bring groceries home, they have to inspect them (probably just looking for a new toy you brought home for them). But for the most part, dogs love to get into things- even when they know they’re not supposed to (think trash can).

Needless to say, it’s important that any dog owner understand that there are certain things (besides the couch cushions) that they need to make sure are off-limits to their pooch. Some can be dangerous and others can be deadly. Just be sure that these items aren’t just out of puppy reach, but that neither you nor any guests can give them to your dog either.

Medicine

Human medicine is specifically designed for the human body. We weigh differently, our body temperatures are different, and even the way our bodies operate are different. Certain medications, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, and even allergy medications that are over the counter should be off-limits to your pup. There are specific medicines for your dog to address swelling, allergies, and even pain, and should be the only things that your pup ingests. But even these should be kept out of reach, especially since dogs don’t realize what they’re ingesting.

Snacks

Grapes, raisins, and especially wine are amongst the most toxic for dogs. These summertime favorites are great for countertop snacks and can even roll around when dropped (getting into those hard to reach or out of sight places), leaving them available for your dog to snack on later. While they’re good for humans, take precautions to ensure that any grape-based food product is kept away from your pup’s belly.

Another tabletop item is the sugar substitutes that include xylitol. While not everyone will have these readily available, a few loose packets can land on the floor and every pup owner knows how quickly a dog becomes a vacuum cleaner in these situations.

Chocolate has always had a bad rap when it comes to our four-legged friends (both feline and canine), and it’s justly so. There are chemicals within chocolate (the ones that make us feel good) that a dog’s body can’t process effectively like the human body can. Even in small amounts, chocolate can induce toxicity and leave your pup with the need to potty more than often. In large enough doses (or certain chocolates like semi-sweet or baker’s), chocolate can be a deadly mix for your dog.

Party time- but not for your dog

While it may seem okay to some for their dogs to drink, there are serious side effects to remember before you slip a little eggnog in your pup’s bowl. A dog’s kidneys do not have the capacity that a human’s does, and the result is that alcohol can quickly cause them to shut down. Do your dog a favor and don’t let them drink, even if you think they’re “of age.”

Charged and dangerous

Leaving batteries around is a big no-no. Not only does the packaging inform you that they’re toxic, but also that they shouldn’t be opened, crushed, or destroyed in any way. Now consider what your dog’s going to do when they find something new laying around- they’re going to chew on it. Dispose of your old batteries properly and store your good ones up and far away from your dog’s reach. This goes for flashlights as well.

Decorating

Decorating your home is something everyone does in some way. For some, its paintings, while others enjoy a little greenery. Before you start planting a few greens around the home or even in the yard, consider that lilies are actually poisonous to dogs. Dogs naturally enjoy eating grass or even a few leaves off bushes, and when there’s a plant around (lilies are naturally sweet), a dog might find it an irresistible snack. If you like lilies, it’s going to be safer for your pooch if you invest in a synthetic solution (plus you won’t have to water it).

As a dog owner, be aware of the common dangers that are lying around your home. While we might know better than to do things that are dangerous, your pup doesn’t always have the same reasoning or experience that you do. Keep your dog safe so that you both can enjoy this holiday season.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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We Love Being Dog Owners

Why we are dog lovers

Dogs are naturally inclined to support their companion. They care about you, even if they can’t say it. They always have time for you, though it has to be said that they may not want to take a bath when you want them to. But, for the most part, having a pet dog is possibly one of the best things that ever happened to its owner.

What is it about a dog that impacts our lives so splendidly? Sure, we love having a friend around that wants to do whatever we’re doing, but there are a few particular aspects that affect our lives in a healthy way.

Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Great to be a Dog Owner

1. Dogs make socialization easy

Who can resist patting a happy friendly dog? Dogs are an instant icebreaker. What kind of dog is that? What’s her name? We all have questions that spring to mind when we meet a dog owner walking their loveable dog. Any dog owner can testify to the fact that once you have a dog, it’s an instant conversation starter.

Some of the best places to meet other dog owners are at the park, through training classes, and even through online forums and discussions, posting a picture and your own story is a great way to start some conversation and talk about how great your pup is.

Not only is this good for you, but it is also great for your dog. Socializing and familiarizing with other people and pets helps your puppy to develop a friendly attitude that will likely turn them into an irresistibly loveable dog that wants to get out there and attract some attention for the both of you.

2. Dogs help you stay in shape

While dogs are a great way to socialize, they also have a positive effect on the body. Owners tend to maintain their health better than the average person. When we have a dog, we tend to go out for walks and enjoy a more active lifestyle. When we have a dog, we are naturally more inclined to live a healthy lifestyle.

They keep us motivated when we don’t feel like doing anything but watching a game or chatting with fellow dog owners online. While the average individual can stay at home today instead of going to the gym, we understand that it’s necessary to take our pup for a walk. Plus, it helps to reinforce this “encouragement to exercise” when they show up at the foot of the couch and drop the leash at your feet. It seems like it’s impossible to stay still when there’s a dog around because their main priority seems to include playing with you. Your dog just gives you the look that says, “Nope, it’s not time to sit down; we’ve got some walking to do and I’ve got to see what’s going on down the street.”

Additionally, studies have shown that young children exposed to pets tend to less likely develop allergies later in life. It seems a little strange, especially since most would regard dog fur and dander as instant allergy instigators. But during childhood, the introduction of pets can reduce the likelihood of developing allergies by one third and strengthen immune systems.

3. Dogs bring out positive feelings in people

While the body is important, it’s often that the inside matters even more. At times, we can feel a little depressed, perhaps because you caught the flu. Dogs instinctively seem to know that something isn’t right, and their special talents are needed.

Dogs are perfect for our heart and soul. They’re always there when we need them, and are loyal no matter what. When we’re feeling down, we can always depend on our dogs. They are always there to offer a few licks and hugs to make us feel better.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Pet Safety Around Electronics

Dog owners manage your wires and electronics properly

Electricity flows through our homes, powering appliances and machinery that help improve the quality of life. Radios, televisions, X-boxes, and even the trimmer or hair straighteners we plug into the wall make life simpler and more entertaining, but they can also be a danger to your dog.

What is it that makes electronics such a safety hazard for our four-legged companions? At the most basic level, dogs love to chew. Power cords are soft and malleable, and are perhaps the most dangerous of all. As such, there are a host of other situations to consider and prepare for. After all, you don’t want to learn when it’s too late.

Wires all around

Dangling wires can be very attractive to a dog (and especially for cats), and are potentially the most dangerous. The television, speakers, and even the cord to the vacuum cleaner all make for attractive chew toys. And whether or not they are plugged in, they can still be dangerous. The copper wires can become needles in your dog’s mouth and throat, so keep cords unavailable at all times.

Cover exposed cords. Run them under furniture whenever possible. In cases where open cords cross the floor, covering them with a rug can be a handy trick. What if they’re traveling along the wall? Try staples or tape to cover them and keep them securely out of reach.

Cords that remain exposed- such as those for power tools or equipment- can be wrapped in duct tape to make them tougher to chew on (plus it tastes bad too).

Something else to consider

The buzzing of electronics can also be attractive to a dog. Game consoles and wireless routers can be warm and stimulating for a dog, and in some cases they may not even chew on them but rather snuggle up with them. While this might not seem dangerous at first, it is always possible that they might block the cooling system or burn themselves through exposure.

There is always the possibility of a dog urinating on an electrical device as well. This makes a short circuit possible that may result in a fire or even electrocution. Keep these devices up high or out of your dog’s reach.

What about the television (or something similar) falling down? When considering the dangers of electronics, we seldom include the more obvious circumstance of a falling object. Unsecured devices can be knocked over or fall from high locations, especially if the power cord is dangling quite attractively. Take precautions in securing heavy electronics so they won’t become falling objects.

Then there is the classic situation of the missing remote control. We may lose it in the couch, put it in the freezer, or even forget it’s in your left pocket.  Sometimes, however, the culprit is your faithful companion.  You handle a controller regularly, and thus it smells like you and makes for a very attractive chew toy for any dog. Be sure that you have a home for your controller, such as a box or up on the entertainment center- just so long as it’s out of your dog’s sight and snout.

If you’re having trouble with your dog targeting electronics out of sheer fascination (smell and familiarity often associated with anxiety), you may have to begin limiting their space when unattended. Crates or door-gates can help keep a dog in safe areas when you’re gone. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t pursue old habits when you let them back out.

It can be difficult to train your dog to avoid electronic dangers, especially chewing habits. In these cases, certain deterrent or bittering sprays can make the item unattractive to them. But, the most effective method is proper training, since it will ensure that your dog responds to your commands- for their safety.

Additionally, when you’re done with a plug-in device, be sure to put it away. Trimmers, curling irons, and hair straighteners can all be dangerous since they are often left on the counter to cool or dry out. A tug on the cord could bring them down on top of your pup, injuring them. Unplug your items and put them in a safe out-of-reach spot (wrap up the cord) and allow them to cool.

It’s up to you as your dog’s owner and protector to ensure they are always safe. The average household is full of electronic devices, and in most cases dogs will leave them alone (unless they have their own Facebook page to update). Be sure your dog’s home is a safe place to be and you can be sure that everyone will be happy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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