Pet Proofing for your New Four Legged Friend

  • Install childproof locks on your cabinets in bathroom and kitchen so your new pet can’t open them and get to potentially dangerous items.
  • Put anything your pet can reach — medicine, chemicals, etc. — on a high shelf.
  • Buy covered trash containers that can’t be knocked over easily.
  • Keep food and pet food up high or in covered buckets.
  • Put up any electronic cords to prevent animals from chewing on them and shocking themselves.
  • Hide any small items your pet could chew on or knock over and break. Buy your pet some toys or chewy sticks.
  • Move poisonous plants outside, or place them out of reach. You can go on ‘Google’ to find out if your plants are safe for pets.
  • Buy your pet a bed or crate so they have their own space to rest, relax and sleep.
  • Put sofa covers/sheets on your furniture for the first few weeks.
  • Buy some cleaners for unexpected messes and accidents.
  • Put clothes and shoes in closets and keep the closet door closed.
  • Keep any medications, cosmetics, and household cleaners out of reach of pet.


  • Secure garbage cans with lids or store them underneath cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep your animals away from pools or ponds to avoid drowning.
  • Check your fence for any holes to ensure your pet can’t escape from the yard.
  • Designate an area in backyard as your pet’s bathroom. Keeping it to the same spot helps prevent damage to your bushes or grass. Inside cats need a kitty litter box so they learn where to go.
  • Vertical blinds and window treatments that have hanging tassels or cords could end up choking your pet looking out the windows. Hang up the cords or tie them up high.
  • If you have carpeting, use enzymatic cleaner to eliminate urine and poop smells. Area rugs are good but seem to attract dogs that chew.
  • Tile and linoleum flooring are easy for handling pet accidents. This is a handy place to put your dog when at work or away from home. When the pets get bored, they get into trouble.
  • Make sure your hardwood floors and tile grout are sealed.
  • Get your pet micro-chipped, vaccinated and spayed or neutered early after your get them to keep them at home and healthy.

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