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Pet Owner's Guide: Is Your Pet at Risk at Home?

Adrian Fisher
 


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Pets are a wonderful companions. We all love to play and snuggle with them, always when we have the time for it. Responsible pet owners strive to take the best possible care of their little friends, by doing all what's necessary. However, danger can't be avoided when unaware of its existence. There are several hidden hazards in every home, that you probably have no clue of. Read our pet owner's guide and find out if your animal is at risk.

Having a pet friend is not only fun, it also has numerous health benefits. For example, petting a cat works soothing and minimizes the possibility of hard attacks for elderly people. I know some dog breeds aren't supposed to live together with small children, but if you look on the other side, what better way to teach your kid responsibility, then letting him take care of a pet? People will betray you, but your pet won't.

Figuring out the hidden risks in your home will ensure your buddy will be safe and lead a happy life, filled with joy.

Plants

There are several types of plants, that are poisonous for cats. Easter lilies are just one of them. They sure look gorgeous, but as you know, looks can be deceiving. This specie can lead to your cat's death. Have that in mind and remove dangerous plants out of your home, before it's too late. Symptoms of poisoning can be easily recognised. They include loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargy. Keep your eyes open and in case you notice something strange, take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. Inform him right away about having such plants at home. If eaten, an Easter lily can cause for your cat to develop a kidney failure. So, to protect your pet from unpleasant incidents, better substitute your decoration with artificial flowers, or at least get well informed. Every time you decide to bring a new plant in your home, or you get one as a gift, check out if it's pet-friendly first, otherwise you are exposing your pet at risk.

Food

Many people treat their house pets as good as they treat their kids. It seems OK, but not entirely, because that doesn't apply to food. Pets can't eat the same things we do. Most often they are used to beg for food while you dine. Not to be cruel, but vets and animal specialists recommend to break your dog or cat out of this bad habit. Not only because it's annoying, but also because animals have different needs. Our meals can harm them, causing obesity and worse. Some types of foods shouldn't be eaten by cats and dogs, such as sweets and to be even more precise - chocolate.

It might be among your favourite things to eat, but it's not good to feed your dog with it. Adults usually know that, but they need to make sure their kids are aware of this fact as well. A dog treat isn't a piece of chocolate. Animals don't eat candy and there is a particular reason for that. Too much sugar causes bellyaches, and in case a wrapper is swallowed, it can get even worse. Other dangerous food types include chewing gum, salt, raisins and grapes, onion, avocado and nuts. Don't mislead yourself thinking if you don't feed forbidden foods directly to your pet, there is no chance for him to get such. Professional house cleaners Brompton remind you, how dropped food on the floor miraculously disappears in seconds . Guess who is responsible for that? Your beloved pet of course, and it's his right - as people say - “Finders - keepers".

Find out the rest hidden dangers in your home in the next part of this article.

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