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    Hug Your Hound Day: 3 Easy Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home

    Hug Your Hound Day: 3 Easy Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home

    August 21, 2018

    Hug Your Hound Day: 3 Easy Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home

    Pets are one of our greatest sources of comfort. They show us unconditional love, cuddle with us
    after a rough day and give us a sense of purpose, among other things. In honor of National Hug
    Your Hound Day, which falls on September 10th, we want to pay a special homage to all the
    furry creatures out there, even the non-hounds. Since they do so much for us, the least we can do
    as their owners is keep them safe and happy.

    When left alone, curiosity can often get the best of pets. As their owners, it’s our duty to pet-
    proof our homes to prevent tragedies from occurring. Follow these pet-friendly tips on keeping
    your home a danger-free zone:

    1. Baby-Proof Your Home

    When your baby is on the brink of crawling, the first thing you do is baby-proof your home.
    While dogs aren’t human, the process of securing your home is similar.

    • If you have a dog, install baby gates where necessary to keep them contained.
    • Place covers on all electrical outlets. Even if they appear unreachable, you’re better off
      playing it safe.
    • Use power strip covers. Your pet doesn’t understand that plugs are dangerous.
    • The same goes for electrical cords. Purchase a containment system to prevent your pet
      from getting to the cords themselves.
    • Install safety locks for all your cabinets and drawers. Both cats and dogs love to open
      cabinets and drawers and play with whatever they can grab. Sometimes what they find
      can be dangerous, like medicine or chocolate. They might even chew on important
      documents such as your passport.

    2. Use a Trashcan Your Pet Can’t Get Into

    When your pet gets into your trash, not only is it a gross mess to clean up, it can also seriously
    harm them should they eat something bad like spoiled foods and meats, cleaning products,
    wrappers, etc. This could lead to intestinal blockage, which could rack up a serious vet bill. If
    there’s broken glass in your trashcan, it could cut them, which could also warrant a visit to the
    vet. Here’s what you can do to prevent your curious creature from getting into your trash:

    • Install a pull-out trashcan. This is the most effective solution; however, it can be expensive,
      not to mention if you don’t have the under-counter space, it’s not as feasible.
    • Use a durable metal trashcan. This will work just fine for smaller dogs and dogs who
      aren’t as enticed by trash.

    3. Keep Your Home Neat & Tidy

    It’s significantly easier for your pet to destroy something when it’s easy to obtain. If you leave
    your laptop charger or phone charger on your couch, your pet may see it as fair game. The
    same goes for your favorite pair of shoes, the brownie you’re saving for later, and your
    allergy medication.

    There are hundreds of websites out there with articles on how to manage your clutter. Here
    are a few of our favorites:

    While it might seem like an expensive and time-intensive endeavor, your pet is worth every bit of
    it. Protecting your pet from dangerous objects will keep them and their tummies happy, and it will
    keep your stress levels at a minimum. If you have any electrical questions along the way, feel free
    to reach out to us! We’d love to help you on your way to having a safer home.