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Pet Friendly Home

Living with pets can help turn your house into a warm, welcoming home. When you share living space with animals though, there are some important considerations to follow to create a safe, healthy indoor environment for you and your furry friends. It only takes a few minutes to make sure that home is safe for your pets.

For example, did you know that some house plants and outdoor landscaping materials can hurt your pets? Take an inventory of your plants and mulch to make sure they’re pet safe.  Be careful with common household items like string, yarn, and aerosols. All are harmful to different types of animals. Surprisingly, a common type of small animal cage bedding is harmful to hamsters. 

You’ll need to protect your treasured belongings from your pets too. Store any expensive or precious family heirlooms out of reach from curious animals. Make sure your clean clothes are kept away from cats and dogs to keep them free of pet hair.

Indoor pets can also aggravate allergies. Pet allergy symptoms include skin rashes, itchy eyes, and a runny or stuffy nose. If you’re already battling summer allergies, take steps to lessen the effects of allergens like pet dander inside your house. You should vacuüm often, change air filters, and get your home’s HVAC ducts cleaned regularly. You and your furry friends can live happy, healthy lives together. Just take a few extra steps to ensure that everyone is comfortable in your shared living space. Check out the following four steps to a pet-friendly home.

Pet Friendly Home

 

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28 Comments

  1. Claire

    October 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I love this infographic and everything to be more knowledgeable about animals. I’m glad you included chocolate is hazardous to dogs because it actually is but many people don’t know! Shared in on pinterest.

  2. Rain

    September 28, 2017 at 10:47 am

    ahhh, yes. pets are like kids, they will get into any and everything. I know, I have a dog and two cats. Love them dearly and yes, it is a very pet friendly home.

  3. sarah

    September 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I love the infographic above, it looks so cute and of course informative. I don’t have pets right now but this surly helps pet lovers.

  4. emma

    September 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I don’t have a dog but would love to have something small inside, you’ve inspired me! Great suggestions. thanks for sharing!

  5. Leo T. Ly

    September 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I used to live with dogs and they shed a lot of hair. I think that keeping the indoor air clean is quite important for both the dog’s and it’s owner’s health and safety.

  6. Cecilia

    September 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the design of this post and the design of the 4-steps-graphic! And the advice are very good!

  7. David Elliott

    September 26, 2017 at 1:32 am

    This is such a great graphic to go over all the concerns with pets. I know too well the trouble that chocolate can cause so you have to be very careful with it.

  8. Wanderlust Vegans

    September 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I love this post! People often miss look a lot of health hazardous things to their pets. You need to send this to shelters and have them give it out with the adoption so that we see less sick or dying pets.

  9. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    September 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

    This is such an informative post, thanks for sharing. When you have a pet, we really want whats best for them because at the end of the day they are family too.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 25, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Oh yes, I agree. Peanut is like my child. We live alone, just the two of us and I would be crushed if anything ever happened to him.

  10. stacey

    September 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I can’t have pets, I have very bad allergies. I once thought about getting a non allergen dog, but changed my mind.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Oh no, I would hate to be allergic to pets. I have a friend who is though so I know what it’s like.

  11. Melanie Frost

    September 24, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    It’s so crazy that pet-proofing your home is so similar to toddler proofing too. I didn’t realize that dental floss or string is dangerous to our pets. I will definitely be more vigilant after reading this post.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 24, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Pets can be as mischevious as kids sometimes. I have to keep everything put up away from my dog, lol.

  12. Tanya @ Intimate Explorations

    September 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I don’t currently own any pets, though I hope to get a dog when my lifestyle allows me to be home more. A lesson from my Friday night, though, is to carry allergy remedy for unexpected pet interactions. Friday night I saw the biggest cat I’ve seen in my life! 😁

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Lol at the biggest cat. I have the biggest cat I’ve ever seen. She’s a moose she’s so big.

  13. Sondra Barker

    September 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I have pets my entire life, but have never been this prepared. Now my pets can be safer and healthier! Thank you!
    Sondra xx
    prettyfitfoodie.com

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      You’re very welcome. I also have had pets my entire life.

  14. Lavanda Michelle

    September 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I never thought of pet proofing my home when we got our dog Zeus. Thanks so much for the article, sending it to my 15 year old daughter so we can start the process.

    1. Terri Beavers

      September 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Good idea to be prepared ahead of time.

  15. ChrissyAdventures

    September 24, 2017 at 10:29 am

    A lot of people don’t concider thier pets when “proofing” their homes. Thank yiu for drawing attention to this. There are many cleaning products that are poison to animals too!

  16. Joan Cajic

    September 24, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Really great tips and suggestions, I have no pets but my sister needs to read this for her dogs.

  17. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    September 23, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I love all of your colorful and easy to understand graphics. It’s so important to remember to social contract you make with your fur babies. When you take them into your house, you are promising to keep them safe. You’re tips are great advice for our favorite friends.

  18. Dahn

    September 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    We usually keep our house pretty pet safe and expensive items away from chewing little mouths but just 2 days ago I left the house in the middle of the night and some expensive headphones were left out. I came home to destroyed headphones! Uhg!

  19. MICHELLE GWYNN JONES

    September 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I had to put my dog to sleep a while back. Since then I have gotten lazy about picking things up and putting things away.

  20. Jen Temcio

    September 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Lots of good info that I didn’t know (especially about the poisonous plants). You also reminded me to check my air filter. My chihuahua sheds constantly and a lot, so it could be gross.

  21. Tammy

    September 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

    These are wonderful suggestions for your pet. I sure do miss my pup. This is the longest I have gone without having a boxer in my home. Maybe someday I will rescue another one.

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