Spring Home Safety Tips
As the temperatures get warmer and the trees and grass get greener, many homeowners are excited to get in their lawn and get their home prepared and cleaned for the spring season. However, if you may not be aware of the hidden dangers that come to your pet’s health and safety. Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne Custom Home builder
, shares safety tips on how to keep your pets safe this spring and away from any hidden dangers.
Now that Easter has come and gone, Easter treats and decorations may still be lingering in your home. The leftover chocolate bunnies can be toxic to cats and dogs and can especially be fatal if ingested by cats. Also, the plastic grass that may have spilled over from the kids Easter basket will most likely be something cats will love to play with. However, if ingested it can also obstruct the digestive tract and lead to severe vomiting and dehydration.
Many pet parents will often open the windows of their home during a nice spring day to let the fresh air in. However, this can also be a risky move if you have any unscreened or loosely-fitted screened windows. Especially for cats, this can be very dangerous as pets, especially cats, can be apt to jump or fall through these windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens on all of your windows so you don’t have to worry!
If you’re a dog owner, you most likely like to take your furry friend on car rides with you so they can let their head out the window and soak in the fresh air. Unfortunately, this too can be unsafe. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries as well as lung infections. Any abrupt stops or turns can cause major injuries or worse. It’s best to keep your pet in a crate or a seatbelt especially designed for them, when riding in a car.
Another thing to be careful of when you are tackling your spring cleaning is to keep all of the cleaners and chemicals out of the way of your pets. Almost all products, including natural ones, contain chemicals that can be dangerous to your pets. Keep them safely stored and away from your pets where they cant get to them.
Lastly, if you are doing any home improvements this spring remember that paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to pets and it is best to read all labels to make sure what can and shouldn’t be used around your pets. Also be cautious of physical hazards such as staples, nails, insulation, blades and power tools lying around. It will probably best to confine your pet to a certain area of the home away from any home improvements, for safety and peace of mind.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.