This list is especially true for puppies!
1. The kids are playing with Legos or some other little toys and one gets stuck in your dog’s throat or even goes down into her digestive tract. Know your dog and keep her safe from little parts just as you would babies. Would a dog eat a Lego? Of course!
2. Cleaning supplies left around may smell good and might even be a palatable. Curious dogs might want to give them a lick or five. Watch for nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Lock that stuff up.
3. Did you ever need to spray Raid or some other insecticide along the baseboards to kill a string of ants? Make sure you don’t let your dog take a taste of that stuff. Be sure to thoroughly clean it off the floor as soon as you can. The same goes for snail bait in the yard. It looks like little kibble.
4. We all know plastic bags can suffocate kids. It happens to dogs as well. In fact, it’s even more likely because a dogs love to rummage through the trash sack. It’s one of their favorite jobs and it’s especially true of puppies!
5. Look at the knobs on your cabinets as if they were hooks to catch your dog’s collar. Some knobs are of a shape that could hang a jumping dog. Does your dog jump up and down at the kitchen counter for food? Watch the proximity of the collar to the knobs. Do you think it could happen?
6. Prescription medications can be deadly to dogs. I came home once and there was evidence that my dog had been walking around on the kitchen table. Yes, they know when you’re not looking. They’re the same as kids. Be careful where you leave your prescription meds. Little bottles rattle and make for interesting fun. The same goes for the kitchen counter. You would be amazed at where they can get when you’re away.
7. You take your dog’s collar off to give her a bath. She gets out of the yard or is distracted from the yard & she’s gone without an ID. It happens too often & your pup may not know the way home. If your dog doesn’t wear a collar be sure he’s microchipped or tattooed. Employees at animal shelters know to look for tattoos, and federal law does not permit laboratories to use tattooed dogs. Talk to your vet for his best advice on dog ID.
8. Here’s a real nasty one. Puppies love to play and chew. Electric light cords or extension cords are fun stuff to little ones. They make for nice chewing and often a disastrous ending. If you are leaving your puppy alone while you’re gone then make sure you disconnect all the cords from the sockets.
Be a good pup parent. Keep your dog busy & safe. Make sure they have appropriate toys and chews that fit their size and chewing style. Flavorit Nylon bones or Bacon BarkBones are recommended if your dog is an aggressive chewer. Be sure to pick a size that he can’t swallow and enjoy knowing that he is safe.
If you suspect that your dog has ingested poison call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at 888-426-4435.