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A Dog-Friendly Home

A dog friendly home Kitchen 1.Washer/dryer: Close it when not in use and ensure it's doggy-free before switching on. 2.Dog food: Ensure all dog food and chews are stored away to avoid temptation. 3.Cooking oil: Keep doggy out of the kitchen when cooking, to avoid spills. 4.Rubbish bin: Full of interesting smells, so keep closed. 5.Child proof locks: Child-proof locks can double as dog-proof locks. Some foods that are bad for dogs include: a. Chocolate b. Caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea c. Alcohol d. Grapes and raisins e. Macadamia muts f. Garlic g. Onions h. Avocado i. Xylitol - a type of sweetener j. Cooked or small bones Tip: Get on your hands and knees to see things from their view and identify potential problems. Bedroom Toilet Ог 1.Bed:If you have any allergies, it's best to keep dogs out. Dogs can leave dander on bedding, which is shed from their bodies and causes allergic reactions. This could worsen your symptoms. 1.Toilet: Toilet cleaning products are toxic, so keep lid closed. 2.Medicines: Keep on a high shelf or locked away to protect your pooch from swallowing 2.Loose change: Put your change somewhere potentially poisonous medication. safe. Coins made of zinc are toxic to dogs. 3.Children's toys: Can be a choking hazard, so tidy away. 3. Toilet roll: It can cause a real mess when puppies get a hold of this. 4.Cleaning products: Lock away out of reach, as these can be very dangerous for dogs to ingest, and can cause skin irritation. Living Room 1.Chewable dog toys: It's good to have plenty of dog toys to distract dogs from chewing on anything else. 2.Furniture: Apply deterrent spray to stop chewing. These are made with liquids that taste bad to dogs, but are completely safe. 3.Houseplants: Avoid toxic house plants, such as: Philodendrons, Mistletoe, Lilies, Poinsettias 4.CDs/DVDS: Keep out of reach! Discs can be chewed into sharp pieces. 5.TV/stereo: Unplug when not in use to protect dogs from nasty shocks. 6. Wiring from TV etc: Tack onto the wall or cover with a protective sleeve to prevent chewing. Tip: Don't forget to shut interior doors when you're taking your dog for a walk. An excited, muddy dog doing a full lap of the house on your return can make a lot of mess! Garden 1.Fence: Fix any holes to stop escape attempts. If your garden isn't fully fenced, never leave your dog alone in it. 2.Pond: Make sure there is a way for dogs to get out, such as a ramp or a shallow edge. 3.Garden plants: Avoid toxic plants like: Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Philodendrons, Poinsettias, Azaleas, Daffodils, Tomato plants, Foxgloves, Yew, Hydrangeas 4.Rubbish sacks: Keep out of reach to avoid nasty spillages. 5.Cocoa mulch: Use bark instead as cocoa mulch is toxic to dogs when swallowed. 6.Garden chemicals: Use only pet-safe slug pellets, pesticides and fertilisers. Tip: Make sure your dog is getting the right amount of exercise. This can limit behavioural issues as well as curb excess energy. Garage Oil 1.Spilled oil: Clean up any spills to avoid dogs trailing mess around the house. 2.Paints and chemicals: Keep out of reach as they can be toxic to pets. Allergy-proof your home Follow these tips to help minimise the amount of allergens in your house: • Designate dog free areas of your house, especially bedrooms. • Open windows for at least an hour every day. • Regularly vacum carpets with a high-filtration (HEPA) vacuum cleaner. Install flooring that is easy to clean, carpets that can be washed regularly or hardwood flooring. • Wash your dog 's bedding regularly. • Always wash your hands after stroking your dog, using antibacterial soap. • Bathe your dog in non-soapy water, at least once a week. Sainsbury's Bank

A Dog-Friendly Home

shared by Suzy on Aug 15
Did you know that some household items like certain plants and foods are toxic to dogs? We have put together tips on keeping your dog safe at home. Your home should be a safe and nurturing environm...


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