When you adopt a new puppy, you want to ensure that he is happy and healthy so you can have a life-long friendship. One way to do this is by doggy-proofing your home. You’ve probably done much of the inside proofing. You have picked up items you don’t want your puppy to chew on, and have put away items that could harm him. Household cleaners should have been among the first items secured and you’ve probably placed a child-proof lock on the door. Some people realize ahead of time just how smart animals can be!
Have you considered the dangers that may be lurking in your garage?
Even if you don’t plan to leave your puppy in the garage, there are accidents that should be considered and avoided. You’ll want to ensure anything that might pose a risk to your new pet is properly stored away.
This list provides dangers that could be in your garage.
Fertilizers, Weed Killers and Pesticides:
If you are like most people, you probably have a supply of lawn care items that are potentially dangerous to animals. Fertilizers; weed killers and pesticides, if ingested by a puppy could make them very sick or be fatal depending on the amount consumed. These items are poisonous and you don’t want your puppy getting into them. Try locking these lawn care items in a sealed storage bin or place them up and out of reach of your pup.
If gasoline is stored in your garage, make sure it is in a container that doesn’t spill or easily puncture. Gasoline and your dog do not mix. Better yet, keep this container out of reach of your feisty new puppy.
If you are a handy-man or live with one, make sure tools are properly stored away and in a container that won’t open easily. Puncture wounds and choking hazards are two risks that come to mind.
If there are tools hanging in your garage, consider mishaps where they could fall. Dogs do not think about consequences ahead of time, especially if it is their first time learning about a new object. Make sure these tools are secure to avoid a shovel, hoe or pitchfork falling on top of your new puppy.
If you keep vehicles in your garage, there isn’t much you can do. Before you drive off, look under your car to make sure there isn’t a sleeping puppy. If your puppy happened to escape in the garage or that’s where you have him sleep on a regular basis, be sure he has not sought warmth and shelter under the car. This is a common practice for animals, especially when it is cold outside. A simple look can really make a big difference between safety and tragedy.
Ensure your car maintenance is up to date. If your vehicle is leaking any fluids it can pose a serious threat to your puppy if enough drips on him or is licked up. Stay on top of your tune-ups. Investigate leaks to see if they can be fixed or at the very least, know what it is so it can be handled appropriately.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Even if you don’t have plans of using the garage for your new puppy, make sure you include it in your doggy-proofing plans. Your new pride and joy is worth it, and you will be able to rest easy knowing you’ve done everything possible to keep your new dog happy, healthy and safe!
Dr. Susan Wright DMV is the staff invisible fence alternatives expert for Dog Fence DIY. Dr. Wright has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 10 years and often writes articles featuring helpful tips on their proper care.
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