PET PROOF YOUR APARTMENT BY FOLLOWING THESE 5 TIPS

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apartment about to get a new four-legged resident?  First, get ready for the furry companion you’re bringing home.  Here are five not-so-obvious household hazards to consider when pet-proofing:

HOUSEPLANTS

Many kinds are toxic to pets.  Some of the most common culprits of accidental poisoning are Hibiscus, Easter Lilies, Dieffenbachia species, and Rhododendron.  When in doubt, ask a veterinarian before purchase.

POWER CORDS

Teething dogs and rambunctious kittens chew on anything at ground level including electrical cords.  Tucking the lines under the edge of a rug may not be enough to protect your playful pet.  Instead, run the wires high out of reach or wrap them in tough cord protectors.

HUMAN FOOD

Humans’ digestive system works a little differently from dogs’ and cats’.  Not all food can be shared safely.  Ask a reputable source beforehand, but in general:

Foods to Share Sparingly: Onions and garlic (for dogs) Milk products Catnip.  Small amounts add interest to kitty toys.  Large eaten amounts irritate the cat and make her hyperactive.

Foods to Never Share: Chocolate or coffee Onions and garlic (for cats) Raisins and grapes Anything highly salty Xylitol-laced sweets. Bones.  Pets can choke on them or swallow sharp, broken pieces.

HEAVY, SHARP OR BREAKABLE OBJECTS

These household decorating objects may include vases, small statues, and framed pictures.  Placing these on shelves or tabletops may not be enough; playful dogs and curious cats can knock them over.  Shelving with a safety rail along the edge or a lockable glass-fronted case may work better.

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS

These include things like cleaning compounds, human medications, and antifreeze.  If you keep them in a low cabinet, install toddler-proof latches.  Never give a pet medicine meant for humans; a veterinarian can prescribe something safe for Fido.  Finally, if antifreeze spills on your garage’s floor or you get some on your hands, clean it up immediately.  It’s both toxic and highly attractive to animals.

Want to know more about fantastic, pet-friendly apartments in Savannah, GA?  Contact Waterton today to see which Savannah Midtown apartments are available.

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