Life at the floor level
Most people don't think twice about the hidden floor level dangers in their homes, such as candles or the occasional fallen item, but dog owners definitely should. Since dogs have the curiosity of a young child, and will often put anything they find into their mouths, it's more than important that everything is squared away and organised.
Dropping things is human nature, but leaving small objects laying around or on the floor can be a serious threat to your dog's safety. As a dog owner, you've probably witnessed your pup run off with a shoe, stuffed animal, or tennis ball. However, anything else lying around on the floor is fair game in your dog's eyes as well. Your earbuds can catch the eye of your pup, and can cause choking; as can hair ties and many other everyday items.
If you often come home tired and exhausted, laying your things within Fido's reach is never a good idea, as even the most mundane, day to day objects can become choking hazards to your fur baby. Little items especially, such as a lip balm or loose change can easily be put into the mouth and become stuck in your dog's windpipe--a scary moment no pet parent wants to witness. Putting your items away where your dog is sure to not get to them is the ideal precaution against choking hazards, and can save your dog's life.
Candles make for a lovely addition to any home and often leave them smelling great, like lavender. However, a simple candle, no matter how big or small, can be a danger in disguise and not for the reason you're thinking. Of course, the flame is just as much a threat to dogs as it is humans, after all, burns are no fun. But what happens when you put out the flame?
Nowadays, it's quite easy to find amazing smelling candles, and with the aromatherapy benefits, why wouldn't you want one in your home? From vanilla to peppermint eucalyptus, it's not difficult to find a candle that smells almost identical to actual food. While a food smelling candle can make your whole family wonder if you've been baking cookies, they can also entice your dog to take a bite or two. Often made of paraffin wax, these candles can be quite toxic to your dog--resulting in an unexpected visit to the vet should he be tempted to chomp down on your new favourite candle. Instead of throwing out your candles altogether, replacing them with our ;ocally made Relaxed Hound range of soy candles and melts can be much safer for your pup, and smell even better. While many dog owners never think about something as simple as their candles, it's worth making the switch.
It's a common occurrence in any household--especially one with children. No matter how neat you and your family are when you eat, food is sure to fall to the floor at one point or another. Having your dog sit nearby during meals is quite a commonplace thing for him to be doing, but what he's really up to is waiting for someone to drop some human food.
It's no secret that most dogs prefer the savoury taste of mashed potatoes over their day to day dog food, and while scrap foods can be okay from time to time, it's important to keep in mind that not all human food is safe for your dog to eat. Foods like chocolate, candies, and grapes can cause everything from an upset stomach to kidney failure, and worse--not to mention the choking hazards involved. Even dairy products can potentially cause digestive issues to your dog, so letting him lap up your leftover cereal milk can be a bad idea. Keeping your dog out of the kitchen at mealtimes can reduce the dangers of fallen food on the floor getting into his stomach altogether.
Sharing your home with your dog can be a wonderful experience. And while there are many hidden dangers around any home, simple techniques can help to successfully puppy-proof your home--reducing the hazards and making your house the safest place for your dog.
Written by Sally Writes