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Before you bring a puppy, kitten, or adopted pet home for the first time, it’s important to make your home as hazard-free as you can. Pet-proofing your home aids in accident prevention, keeping your kitties or puppies safe and sound as they get used to their new home. 

The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has tips to help you get your home primed for pet safety. 

Home Safety Tips for Pets

Take a look at our top 6 tips for pet-proofing your home. Even if you’ve already brought a new pet home, putting these tips to work now can help keep your pet safe. 

1. Install Cabinet Locks

Curious kitties and puppies may sniff out the secrets of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Install pet-proof locks on all cabinets to keep your furry explorers away from products that could harm them. This includes any cabinets in your garage that store toxic substances like antifreeze. 

2. Store Medications Out of Reach

Ingesting human-grade medications can be fatal for your beloved pet. Keep all medications out of reach or inside a locked cabinet. If you think your pet chewed or swallowed any pills or liquid medications, seek emergency care immediately. 

3. Keep Clothes Behind Closed Doors

Strings and buttons can cause major problems for your kitty or pup if ingested. Store all your clothing, sheets, and towels in dressers or closets that your pets can’t access. 

4. Keep Your Floors Clear

If you have children or a passion for arts, crafts, and sewing, scan your floors routinely for any doodads that could pose a problem. Yarn, buttons, and LEGO pieces could all throw your pet’s digestive system into turmoil. Fallen fridge magnets and button cell batteries could be deadly. Call us right away at (732) 531–1212 if you think your pet has swallowed a foreign object. 

5. Secure Your Trash Cans

Make sure your trash cans have covers and latches to keep your feline and canine companions from embarking on a dumpster diving adventure. In your pet’s opinion, the trash can is a tantalizing treasure trove of scents. But it could contain harmful foods, objects, and other substances you don’t want your pet to find. 

6. Watch Out for Poisonous Plants

If you have any of the dangerous-to-pets plants on this list, give them away and bring something pet-friendly home instead. Make sure you check your yard and garden for potentially harmful plants, too. 

We’re Here for You When Accidents Happen

Sometimes despite all our preparation, our pets get into something harmful. The caring veterinary team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to help. With our advanced diagnostics , surgical services, and critical care, we’ll do everything in our power to help your pet. We’re open 7 days a week. Call or text us at (732) 531-1212 to learn more.