Animals are curious by nature and love to go exploring using their mouth and nose. Things that smell or look particularly appealing capture their interest the most. Dogs are not too fussy, as far as things they are willing to smell and taste. Unfortunately for them, there are things in your household (and outside of it) that may be fatal for your pet to ingest or smell.
We all endeavor to keep our pets as happy and healthy as we can. What steps can you take to prevent your doxie from smelling or tasting something poisonous? Here are some suggestions.
Don’t Share Food
One very big mistake pet owners make is to share consumables with their favorite animals. Although it might feel like you’re giving them a treat, you should know that there are a number of foods that aren’t pet-safe. Some of them include xylitol (a sweetener), grapes, garlic, onions, nuts, and chocolate. The best approach to regulating what your pet eats is to refrain from giving them anything without asking your vet about it first.
Be Choosy About the Cleaning Products You Use
Although a wonderfully smelling and clean home is something we all want, a number of cleaning products contain chemicals detrimental to your pet’s health. Potpourri and air fresheners are particularly hazardous, and shouldn’t be left anywhere within your dachshund’s reach. Don’t forget – products that are labeled “natural” may contain an ingredient that stimulates some kind of adverse reaction from your pet.
Lock Things Up
The best approach to preserving the safety of your pet is to lock things up, either in your garage, utility room, or cupboards. Some of the things you should store away from pets include the following:
- Brake fluid, antifreeze, and similar automobile substances.
- Pet medications.
- Human medications.
- Toiletries (like floss and toothpaste)
- Cleaning products
- Insecticides, rodent repellent, and pesticides (be mindful that a number of pests like rats and mice might relocate pellets to a place your pet has access to)
Wisely Selecting Your Plants
There are a number of plants that could cause health problems for your pet if they’re ingested. If your yard is filled with plants and flowers, evaluate each one and take out any that may prove toxic for the doxie. Any plants you buy should be chosen strategically. If you are not sure about their toxicity, speak with your vet.
Don’t Medicate Your Pet with Anything Unless Prescribed by Your Vet
Refrain from giving them any medication unless your vet instructs you to. If you feed your pet certain medications, or give them an incorrect dosage, danger can ensue. Speak to your vet about anything medicated you intend to give them.