Pet-Proofing Your Home This Winter
If you own a pet, you know the wintertime can get crazy; specifically, around the house. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you succeed in pet-proofing your home this holiday season.
Pet-Proof your Tree
With a holiday tree, take the right precautions to prevent your pet from knocking it over or ingesting parts of it. Properly secure the tree with a metal or plastic tree stand. Still need some added protection? Place a small gate around the base of your tree.
You also need to be mindful of where you place ornaments on your tree. Ones that are especially low can be easy pickings for your four-legged friend. Minimize choking hazards by keeping ornaments and other hanging décor like stockings out of reach.
If your pet just can’t stay away, consider hanging some edible ornaments on your tree. Edible gingerbread and pumpkin ornaments have proven to be holiday favorites for pups across the country.
Use Pet-Safe Salt and Pesticides
Research from aspca.org shows there is a real danger of pets ingesting ice melts and pesticides during the wintertime. These salts have a high concentration of chemicals, and consuming them can lead to seizures, tremors, vomiting, upset stomach, and several other issues for our pets. Pet-safe ice melts contain safer ingredients and are less irritating on the skin. If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, pet-safe salt is essential!
Use a Fireplace Guard
A lot of pets enjoy cozying up in front of the fireplace, but the direct heat can be very dangerous. A fireplace guard will keep your animals at a safe distance from the flame while still allowing them to enjoy the warmth. If your pet’s bed is near a heater or furnace, move it away to ensure he doesn’t burn himself.
If you’re in an area with a cold winter climate, we know it can be tough. Refer to these quick tips to make sure your pets are as safe as can be.