Four Steps to a Healthier Pet Friendly Home

Are your pets safe when you’re not watching over them? Just like new parents who baby-proof their home when their infant becomes mobile, pet owners need to crawl around and look at things from their pet’s point of view to spot possible hazards. Many items that are perfectly safe for humans can harm dogs, cats, rodents, and birds, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before you set out to pet-proof your home. You’ll be surprised by all the common household objects that can harm pets when you’re not there to watch over them.


Playful pets can get wrapped up in lengths of yarn, string, dental floss, and rubber bands, so keep these strangulation hazards out of their reach. Check that the plants in your home and garden aren’t poisonous to your pets; many popular species such as azaleas, tulips, English ivy, and mistletoe can make your pets very sick or even kill them. If your family includes birds, you should be aware that they are very sensitive to the fumes issued by aerosol sprays, self-cleaning ovens, and even nonstick pans.


Another factor to consider is the indoor air quality and temperature in your home. Check and change your HVAC filters regularly, and keep floors clean to reduce the amount of airborne dust and pollution that gets stirred into the air. Annual maintenance will help keep your indoor air systems operating efficiently. Check out this cute infographic that spells out all the details on making your home pet-safe in four simple steps.

Pet Friendly Home

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