Our pets do so much for us- they make us laugh, they provide comfort when we’re down- they really do become a part of your family!
Below, you’ll find 7 things you may not realize are bad for your pets – dogs, cats, rats, pretty much any pet you decide to keep. Take a look and you’ll give your pet a higher quality of life:
1. Certain Plants
Having plants in the house can look amazing, but there are some plants that can be dangerous to pets. You’ll want to do your own research depending on the pets you have, but below you’ll find just a couple that are considered toxic. Both plants in the house and the garden should be carefully monitored to ensure you don’t bring anything dangerous in. If you have dogs, check out this toxic plants for dogs guide on my other blog Large Dog Small Apartment!
2. Human Foods
Some human foods can be good for pets, For example, dogs can eat sweet potato and some other natural foods. However, not all natural foods are OK. Grapes can be poisonous to dogs. Chocolate can also kill a dog. If you’re unsure as to whether your pet should be eating what you’re eating, always do your research first. Don’t risk giving them even a little bit of the toxic food.
3. The Wrong Collar
You should choose a collar that is going to be comfortable on your pet. It shouldn’t be too loose, and it certainly shouldn’t be a ‘choke chain’. Those chains do not teach your pet to behave on the lead. They simply stop them from breathing properly and can cause lots of damage. If you train your pet right, they will walk next to you and behave without you having to use an inhumane chain.
4. Walking Your Dog For Too Long on Warm Days
Despite all kinds of warnings, it’s crazy how many people will walk their dogs in the heat. It’s generally safe in temperatures of up to 19°C (68°F) but be careful when the mercury rises above this. If you walk your dog and it’s too hot for them, you might cause heat stroke and burned paws.
5. Neglecting Their Teeth
Brushing your pet’s teeth (especially dogs) can stop them from developing a lot of health issues down the line. Many issues stem from rotting teeth.
6. A Lack Of Stimulation
You shouldn’t leave your pet at home for hours alone each day. Just because they are happy to see you, doesn’t mean they haven’t been depressed the whole time you were gone. Make sure you plan to play with them as much as possible and that they are rarely alone.
If you don’t, they might start destructive behaviors such as chewing on tables and other pieces of furniture. Installing a pool fence and taking other precautions around the home will not only make it safer, but can stop your pets from wreaking havoc when they are restless.
Many pets will eat or chew on anything, so get rid of clutter. The below are items pets are known to have eaten:
- Hair ties