Tips to Prepare Your Home for a New Pet

Puppy and Kitten Proofing Your Home: Tips from Our Staff

Here at the Willard Veterinary Clinic, we frequently see South Shore and Quincy area clients who have adopted brand new puppies or kittens. A big part of our job as a pet vet is helping our pet owners as they assist their new puppy or kitten to adjust to their new home. Our animal clinic has  some great puppy and kitten proofing tips that we would like share with new pet parents. As both a puppy veterinarian and a cat veterinarian, we have some great insights to share!

Our Animal Clinic Recommends Safeguards for Your Puppy and Kitten

Our first tip applies to both kittens and puppies, but is especially important for kittens since they tend to be able to leap up on countertops (a skill they learn early). Our animal clinic recommends that you keep your prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, pet medicines, cosmetics, cleaning products, mothballs, gasoline, and any other potentially toxic substances put away in cabinets. Essentially, this means you need to keep those countertops clean since nearly any household item can be toxic to your pet if it’s ingested. This includes food as well because a curious kitten or puppy will not hesitate to nibble or claw their way into plastic food bags or containers.

Next, consider your house plants. Did you know that many common plants are poisonous to animals? Both kittens and puppies tend to be curious and may try to chew a leaf or a stem they come across. Lilies, elephant ears, spider plants, ivy, and plant bulbs are some of the many potentially killer plants that your puppy or kitten should be protected from. Keep plants in a completely inaccessible area or hang them to be safe.

Our pet veterinarian also recommends keeping a close eye on what you leave laying around. Kittens are especially attracted to string, ribbons, and anything they can bat around with their paws. However, they can choke on these things so it’s best to keep anything that might tempt them far away.

Overall, our Quincy pet veterinarians say that when you are pet proofing that you need to take your puppy or kitten into consideration just as you would with an infant or toddler. We love serving our South Shore, Dorchester, and Milton pet patients and we want to help you to keep them here with you for many years to come!

What steps did you take to puppy or kitten proof your house?

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