Congratulations on your new puppy! As you welcome this new addition to your family, who is lively, curious and teething, you need to make a sure your home is puppy safe.
This list is not complete — puppies like to chew on everything! Monitor your puppy closely, and put any dangerous or valuable items away somewhere they cannot access. Keep in mind, as they grow, so does their reach.
How can I keep harmful items away from my puppy?
Here are some tips: Much like a curious toddler, child proof latches on cabinet drawers and cabinets doors can prevent puppies access to harmful items such as cleaning products, medications and even some foods
Power cords are especially an alluring hazard for a puppy. Keep them unplugged if possible, tuck them away and block the outlets.
Use a trashcan with a locking lid and/or keep your trashcans in a cupboard under the sink. Reduce clutter to reduce temptation.
Put containers of toxic substances inside a locked cabinet, or store them on high shelves where your puppy cannot reach.
The best way to minimize temptation is to keep your puppy where you can keep an eye out. Close doors to other rooms or staircases. And consider crate training your puppy for when you have to leave them alone.
You can find a complete list of substances poisonous to dogs (including those listed above) at www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poisons/. If your puppy eats something you are not sure is safe, call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1 800 213 6680 or your veterinarian right away to see if medical attention is needed.
How can I be prepared for a medical emergency?
Pet health items to keep on hand
Be prepared for emergencies
As hard as we try to protect our pets from harm, accidents and emergencies happen. Therefore, it’s best to be well prepared.
Have your veterinarian clinic’s and the local emergency clinic’s contact information available
There are pet focused first aid classes or first aid manuals available, please discuss with your pet’s care team for guidance on their recommendations.
Canine First aid kit
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The health information contained herein are provided for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.