Preparing Your House for a new Pet
There is much preparation that needs to be done before you move into a house with your pet. While the task of choosing a house and making sure all the utilities and functions work well for the family may be stressful enough, do not forget that there are certain things you would need to prepare inside the house, especially if you're looking to keep some pets indoors for a given period of time.
This prep of your residence for your pets is as good as it will be for you as much as it will be for your pets.
One of the first things to consider is that you must make sure that your house is safe. Puppies can get themselves into a bad situation very quickly because they do not know any better. It's best to confine your pets into enclosed area without any tables or platforms too tall for them. These areas can be defined with pet-proof gates that keep your dogs and cats from running down a hallway or room you do not want them to be in. It is important to establish the right boundaries right away. Especially with a new pet that is not yet house trained or properly trained.
This may be a no-brainer, but as you keep your kids away from the cabinet of household chemicals, so you should keep your pets away from these dangerous chemicals as well. Dogs in particular could easily lick bleach, antifreeze, or ammonia, and end up with some very serious internal injuries, or in a worst case scenario death. If there are going to be plants in your designated area, make sure that any plants you place are not poisonous to your pets. Yes, there are some plants that could even be fatal to your pets if they chew or even nibble the leaf or the stem of them.
You should also make sure the space is clear of human food as well. This can be unhealthy or dangerous to your new pet. Chocolate is really hazardous for dogs, and bulbs such as onions and even garlic could cause harm to other pets.
Overall, it's all about where you allow your pets to roam inside your home, and what you should and shouldn't be placing or leaving within that area. With these guidelines, you and your pet should be able to enjoy a healthy and safe time together.