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Puppy Proofing
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  This checklist is meant solely as a guide to assist you in preparing your home as well as your yard, for your new puppy! "Puppy Proofing" is very important to keep the puppy safe and to help keep YOU sane. It is not necessarily all-inclusive; examine your home very carefully at the puppy's eye level. Yes, that means getting down on your hands and knees to see what your puppy sees! Look to see what things could entice him/her? Look for any and all potential hazards!
 


Potential Household Dangers
 
Electrical cords
 
Unstable furniture items
 
Collectibles, etc.
 
Cat litter boxes
 
Fireplaces
 
Plug-in air fresheners
 
Stuffed toys & Small Toys (choking hazard)
 
Plastic bags
 
Food pantry
 
Alcohol
 
Staircase
 
Trash bins (contents within, too)
 
Toilets
 
Bathtubs
 
Household cooking oils
 
Curtain and blinds cords
 
Medicines
 
Bleach
 
Ammonia
 
Drain cleaner
 
Household detergents and other cleaning agents
 
Panty hose (can cause impaction, choking)
 
Rubber bands, balloons, ribbon, string
 
Space heaters
 
 
 
Items That May Not Be A Health Hazard,
But May End Up Being Costly 
 
 
Remote controls
 
Phone cords
 
Shoes
 
Slippers
 
Speakers
 
Furniture
 
Children's toys
 
 
 
If you have an infant within your home, some of the baby's items can be hazardous to the Puppy: Infant bottles, Pacifiers, Teething rings.If you also have a cat(s) be sure to keep the puppy away from the cat's food. Dogs that consume cat food may end up with diarrhea due to the high protein content. Also, keep the puppy away from the litter box. Either barricade the litter box or purchase an enclosed litter box.
 


Yard and Garage Hazards
 
Ant bait
 
Chemicals
 
Fertilizers
 
Gasoline, Antifreeze and Motor oil
 
Paint
 
Rodenticide
 
Snail bait Traps
 
Air conditioning unit cables
 
Sprinkler systems
 
Old barbed wire
 
Bailing wire
 
Water wells
 
Standing water
 
Holes in the backyard fence
 
Rusty items; Nails, stakes, wire
 
Old car parts
 
 
 
 
If You Suspect Poisoning, call your Veterinarian Immediately! Always keep an after hour Veterinary Emergency Hospital/Clinic telephone number on hand. If this is not an option in your area you call 24/7, 365 days a year the: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center @
 (888) 426-4435($45 consultation fee may apply)

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