Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM
Congratulations on your new puppy! What an exciting time it is to add a new addition to the family. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help puppy proof your home.
New Puppy Proofing Checklist:
- Put up medications - all medications should be out of reach of the puppy.
- Move all electrical cords out of reach - puppies frequently like to chew on all kinds of cords and can get electrocuted or burns in their mouth.
- Keep things out of reach that are choking hazards - Things such as coins, small toys, rubber bands, batteries, or hair clips are just a few of the many, many things puppies may try to ingest.
- Keep toxic foods out of reach - Things such as chocolate, gum or other products containing xylitol, or grapes/raisins are just a few examples of the many foods that can be toxic to our pets. Check out the PetPoison Helpline or ASPCA Poison Control websites for more information.
- Keep all chemicals locked up or out of reach - This not only includes household chemicals but also chemicals such as anti-freeze, fertilizer, or pesticides from the garage and yard too.
- Secure trash cans and toilet lids - This will help to not entice puppies to get into the trash or drink out of the toilet.
- Move out of reach or remove poisonous plants - This also includes outdoor poisonous plants that your puppy could get into.
Don’t forget to also puppy proof the yard and garage of your home. Some owners choose to not leave their puppies unattended while outside to ensure they don’t get into trouble. A couple things have already been mentioned but here are a few other tips for the yard and garage areas:
- Keep the lawn maintained - If the grass is tall or unkempt there may be more bugs that will want to live in the yard like fleas, ticks, or mosquitos which can cause disease in pets.
- Clean up regularly after your puppy goes to the bathroom - This will discourage coprophagia which is eating feces.
- Fence off pools- Puppies can fall into pools which is dangerous.
Puppies are very crafty, so this is by no means a comprehensive list. Best of luck with your new family member!
Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.