PET CARE

Pet-Proof Your Home

2 min read Jan 20, 2022

Pet-proofing your home is extremely important to keep your pet safe. Steps must be taken in each room of your home to ensure safety. Your dog or cat, especially if they are young, are very curious and likely to explore everything. Kitchens and bathrooms are often the location where dangerous chemicals and medications are kept. The following are tips necessary to keep a safe kitchen and bathroom:

  • Place all medications on high shelves or in a locked cabinet
  • Place all cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet or high shelf
  • Keep all food out of reach of your pet
  • Research any plants you have and check to see if they are dangerous to your pet
  • Install childproof locks on necessary items
  • Keep the toilet seat down
  • Block any small spaces your pet may become trapped in

Next, the living room. Although the living room is not often as large of a threat as the kitchen and bathroom, there are still items which may be unsafe for your pet. Again, houseplants are an example of this. Research all of the plants in your home to ensure they are safe for your pet. Even if they are safe for your pet, you may want to move them. The following are additional suggestions to help pet-proof your home:

  • Cover any heater vents
  • Keep wires out of reach from your pet
  • Keep all breakable items out of reach
  • Put away any items which may be a choking hazard

Your bedroom will follow the same suggestions as the living area.

Finally, the garage should be pet-proofed. The garage poses a large risk due to all of the chemicals often kept in the garage. Antifreeze, for example, is dangerous; its sweet smell and taste often attract our pets. It does not take much antifreeze to damage your pet’s organs. All chemicals should be moved to a high shelf or cabinet.

Pet-proofing your home can be time consuming but well worth the effort. After all, your pet’s safety is extremely important- which is why considering a pet health insurance policy can be worthwhile.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.