SAFETY ISSUES INSIDE THE HOME – WHAT PETS MAY CHEW AND SWALLOW

Never let your dog or cat chew these

It remains a mystery to me why adults who have young children are very focused on keeping them out of harm’s way and yet, when it comes to the companion animals in their life, their safety is often regarded in a different light.

Indoors is generally believed to be a safer environment than the outdoors, but there are still areas of concern that need to be considered. Human food waste, medications, indoor plants, are just some examples.

Inside Your Home
Canines are usually highly food-motivated and if anything edible is within reach, they are unlikely to resist the temptation. They also love to chew (and swallow) stuff, especially when they are ignored or left alone for extended periods, and get into mischief when they happen to be bored.

Felines are naturally curious and find weird hiding places. Many are attracted to feathers and tinsel as well as plants and flowers, and nibbling any part of them must definitely be discouraged.

What To Watch Out For – Consequences To Prevent
Chew, rip open and possibly ingest: these consequences can cause intestinal obstruction; if whatever it is cannot be removed by inducing vomiting or elimination via the rear end, surgery may be necessary.
* remove all soft, stuffed toys that have been ripped open
* remove all rubber, plastic and bone items that have had bits chewed off
* remove all bedding that has been chewed leaving the stuffing exposed
* put away toys with feathers and tinsel after supervised use
A seasonal note: Given the chance, some cats will play havoc with Christmas trees and decorations, so be prepared!

Chew: electrical cords: they can cause a fatal electrical shock.
* wrap the cord with tape or aluminum foil to discourage your pet it if has shown a tendency towards this type of behavior

Eat: indoor plants and flowers in a vase: cats seem to be attracted to them but some are toxic.
* put them in an area of the home where your kitty doesn’t have access

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!