By Dr. Norette L. Underwood
Electrical Hazards and your Pet.
Now that the kids have headed back to school, your pet is probably home alone. This gives them time to get into mischief. They often will tear up the house due to loneliness, boredom, or anxiety.
Consider making a room for your animals, where they can roam around un-caged, play all day, sleep, without getting into to trouble by eating your good furniture. Convert a spare room on your garage or house into a pet-friendly area. Here are some great tips:
- Remove all items you do not want chewed or scratched. Make sure there are no paint cans, cleaning chemicals, tools, or insecticides present. Look for anything with sharp edges or points that they could injure themselves on or chew. If you don’t have anywhere to put these things consider a large pet proof storage container.
- Cover electrical outlets with protective covers and make sure all exposed wires are out of the way. Make sure plug ends are plugged in high above their reach so they cannot chew or get tangled in.
- Clean the floors and lower walls to make sure there is no trace of spilled poisons like antifreeze, gas, oil, paint and bug sprays or bug dust.
- Lock all windows and doors. Securely cover all holes or vents. Your pet can be creative when it comes to escape. You don’t want to come home and find them in the middle of the road.
- Make sure the flooring is an inexpensive, easy-to-clean surface. Wood they can chew and scratch. Concrete and wood both absorb odors. They can also pull up laminate tiles.
- Install insulation if your pet’s room is in the garage to help regulate the temperature. Make it pet friendly. Nice fluffy beds, toys, cat trees, play DVDs or music for entertainment. Have a clean supply of water and food available.
Hopefully this information will make your pet a happier pet and you a happier owner by not having to contend with destruction.
If you have questions email Dr. Norette Underwood of Best Friends Vet Mobile Service and Trumann Animal Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org