When you are preparing to welcome a new pet into your home, you will need to make a few changes to ensure that your new furry friend will be safe inside and outside the home. If you've never owned pets before, you might have to make a lot of adjustments—you will have to get rid of things, move things around, and invest in a few things that will get your house pet-ready. Consider the following tips when getting your home ready to welcome a new pet.

Pet Proofing Your Home & Yard

Install Fences and Playpens Inside and Outside

Just as you would do for a baby, you can keep your new pet out of high risk areas using safety nets (this may be necessary if your new pet is a flighted bird), removable fences, and playpens. If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, and you are in the potty training process, it is a good idea to invest in a playpen, or plastic gates so that your pet won't wander into every room in your home and ruin the carpet. This is also a good idea for young animals if you have steep stairs where the little ones could fall and hurt themselves if left unsupervised. Until your pet gets a little older and more mature, these playpens will help you to keep track of them and keep them safe from harm.

Put All Hazardous Chemicals and Products Out of Reach

There are many household and yard care products that could be lethally poisonous to a new pet. Cosmetics, cleaning products, fertilizers and pesticides, medications, skin and hair care products, detergents and car supplies like antifreeze are all dangerous for pets. Be sure to move these behind locked doors or to high shelves. The professionals of Pest Free Now suggest that if you have your home or yard sprayed for pests, you make sure to keep your pets away from the sprayed areas because some pets will try to eat the chemicals that are meant to kill bugs or rodents.

Cover All Electrical Outlets and Wires, Cables, and Cords

Electrical outlets are not just fascinating to young humans - those small dark spaces can be alluring to young pets as well. Cover them with child-proof safety covers before your pet arrives. In the same way, electrical wiring can at the least induce a nasty shock and at worst cause a fire if your pet starts chewing. Buy pet-proof cord and cable minders or run your cables up and over the walls (instead of down along carpets or behind tables) to be sure your pet cannot get to them.

Keep Plants Out of Reach

There are many plants that, when ingested, are toxic to animals and humans. Some plants can provoke a rash just with casual contact (like brushing the leaves). Be sure to put all of your plants - inside and out - behind barriers such as netting or fencing or up out of reach of your new pet (for instance, hanging plants can pose less risk to all but pet birds).

Keep an Eye Out for Small Objects

Even if you do not think your pet will be harmed by chewing on your child's shoe or sock, you need to know there are instances where pets have died from complications of ingesting laundry, the stuffing from toys (even supposedly "pet safe" toys), panty hose, shoe laces, and other small items. If you can imagine a child gumming it, you can assume your pet might do the same. So be sure to remove it out of harms way before your new pet arrives.

You will soon learn what types of things pose a hazard for your particular pet, but take as many precautions before hand as you possibly can. If you need more suggestions or advice about how to pet-proof your home and surrounding area, the American Humane Society has a list of suggestions on their website about precautions to take before bringing your new pet home. Animals are curious, mischievous creatures, and unless you take the necessary precautions, they will get into everything. After a quick walk-through of your home, you will soon be able to remove any hazards, making it a safe place for you, your pet, and the rest of your family.

 

Dixie Somers

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a spunky Jack Russel Terrier who makes life interesting! You can follow her on Twitter: @DixieSomers

 

By Natalie Gomez 44 days ago at 2:35 pm 0 Comments
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While plenty of people know that altering your pet will avoid unwanted pregnancies and may decrease aggression and wandering, there are more reasons to spay or neuter than you may realize. If you are on the fence about whether or not to have you pet fixed, here are four lesser-known, compelling reasons to book the appointment today.

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Drastically Lowers Cancer Risks

Female cats who are not spayed by their second heat cycle have a 26 percent chance of developing breast cancer. If you spay her before her first heat cycle, that risk drops to below one percent, and of course she will never have the chance to develop ovarian or uterine cancer. Male animals of all species will never develop testicular cancer once they are gelded or neutered. In addition, prostate cancer and prostate infection rates among desexed male animals are but a tiny fraction of those suffered by intact pets.

Eliminates Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

No matter how careful you are, accidental matings occur. Unfortunately, a sexually transmitted disease can make your pet very sick or even end his life prematurely. What's worse is that your pet can pass the STD to you! Canine brucellosis can be transmitted when Fido licks your face, and leptospirosis can pass to you if you come into contact with your pet's urine.

Helps Epilepsy and Diabetes Management

When a pet has diabetes or epilepsy, there are medications available that will help keep her stable and healthy. Spaying is especially helpful in keeping hormone levels constant so that these medicines work properly. Cats, especially, go through huge hormonal shifts during heat cycles that can make managing blood sugars or seizures impossible. Since these diseases can strike later in life when surgery is more risky, it's best to desex your pet while they are young. You can inquire at clinics like Hamilton Road Animal Care in Columbus or one near you when is the right time to take your friend for his pet vaccinations.

Avoid Malnutrition and Exhaustion

Any pet that is kept intact may refuse to eat, drink or sleep if kept from breeding. Female ferrets can die if they are allowed to go into heat and not bred, and some species of birds will pull out all of their feathers in frustration. A stallion that can smell a mare in heat but cannot get to her may refuse to eat or drink until he collapses. The health ramifications of leaving an animal intact can be terrible.

Spaying and neutering your pets can prevent diseases and keep your pets happy and healthy. Unless you intend to breed your animal ethically and with full veterinary care, there is no reason to keep a pet intact. 

 

Anica OaksAbout the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. 

By Natalie Gomez 52 days ago at 10:00 am 0 Comments
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In honor of "Love Your Pet Day", we wanted to take a moment to show some love to our amazing office dogs. Not only do they work twice as hard as we do testing all of our beds and toys, but they bring a P.L.A.Y.ful aspect to our lives every day! 

Here are just some of the ways that we pamper our pups...

Meet Spike, an English Bulldog that is always up to go on an adventure. While he enjoys pampering as much as the next pup, he would rather be exploring new places with his parents where he can take in all of the sights and smells. On the top of his bucket list are new dog parks, beaches, trails and pet boutiques.

Spike is out on the town today and this wooftastic adventurer requests a tasty treat!

Spike Tucker, English Bulldog

Only the best for Corbin and Willow! These two pups enjoy the perks of being fed some of the best raw food and holistic kibble around. I think we just found out their secret ingredients to looking so refreshed and healthy every day! Corbin, the Labrador, also receives professional massages to help with his arthritis and overall comfort, while Willow likes to take a walk on the wild side with her frequent multi-mile hikes each week.

Strength of the Wolf

Darby, an 11 year old Labrador, conducts all of her bed and toy testing from home. When this telecommuting pup is off the clock she enjoys taking walks around the neighborhood where she can say hello to her friends. After a long day from her home office she likes to treat herself to some of her favorite fresh vegetables including celery, parsley and carrots. It's no wonder why she keeps giving our Garden Fresh Plush Toys five paws!

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Last, but certainly not least, is Momo the Pug and the inspiration behind P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You. When she not "working hard" in one of her six beds, she can be found having a pawsome time at the K9 Scrub Club.

Momo loves her baths & blueberry facial scrubs

Momo at K9 Scrub Club

  "All in a day's work" - Momo has it ruff with so many beds, today she has chosen to cozy up in her Snuggle Bed

Momo in her Snuggle Bed

And of course they get the best beds in the world :)

 Special thanks to Personal Creations' Pampered Pup Project for inspiring this blog. 

 Well now that you have seen how we pamper our office dogs, it's your turn to tell us how you are pampering your pups by leaving a comment below. 

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