You wouldn't leave sharp knives, toxic cleaning agents, or other dangerous items within a reach of a toddler, would you? Of course not! We take measures as parents, to ensure that toddlers and small children have a safe protected environment, the same is necessary for pet parents as well. They are just like children and they look up to us, their humans, to take care of them with the same love and compassion. So how as a pet parent can we do this? By pet proofing our homes and following good pet care procedures, and here are a few steps that can help guide you on how to do this:
1. Make sure that chemicals, cleaning agents, and all other such items are safely stored from your pets reach. Pets, like very young children have a natural curiosity, and also like to put things in their mouths, that don't always belong there. So by storing these things safely away, you'll avoid what can be a very dangerous situation. Also, be aware of your pets habits, especially bad ones and try positive reinforcement training to get them back on the right track. But if this is not possible, there are ways around it. For instance, like my Maine Coon, Taz. He loves chewing and eating plastic wrappers and grocery bags. Even though I've done my best to try to get him not to, the only solution for me was simply make sure they were out of his reach. So my problem was solved and it wasn't so hard to do. Keep in mind, ingestion of foreign objects and obstruction can be dangerous too. The same applies to indoor/outdoor pets, but with added safety precautions regarding the weather. This includes monitoring the temperature and providing adequate food, water, and outdoor shelter. If the weather is too extreme for a human child, it's too extreme for your pet, and they should be brought indoors. Also, never ever, under any circumstances leave your pet in a vehicle in extreme heat or cold! It is inhuman and can be a killer! So again, if the temps are extreme, better to leave them at home, in a controlled and safe climate indoors!
2. Check out the area and make sure the rest of the surroundings is safe. If possible, get down to their level, or if you can't have someone assist you, and take a look from their viewpoint. Sometimes we miss things from our viewpoint, like small areas pets might get access to and get stuck, or electrical appliance cords, or sharp corners, and so on. Again, curiosity and high energy play, can lead to trouble too, if the environment isn't safe. Animals like pups, kittens, rabbit, ferrets, just to name a few need particular attention. Also, smaller animals like gerbils, birds, and hamsters and such, need special attention. These animals are so small, that if left un attended can get lost in a huge house or get stepped on easily, so extra care in providing them with a safe clean enclosures can prevent this.
3. Lastly, simply use common sense and do research. Find out about your pet and their breed. There are a lot of pet care specialists, and people who are trained in veterinary care, providing a huge amount of useful info. So if you have concerns or questions, seek them out to provide you with accurate advice. Also, spend time with your pet and know their habits and personalities. Getting to really know your pet, and using simple common sense when it comes to their well being and safety, will not only help them to live long happy lives, it will help you to grow as a responsible and caring pet parent!