IT’S A VET’S LIFE with Vetsavers: Think sharp and make home safe

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All of us are aware some foods can be toxic to dogs and cats and, as such, we avoid giving our much-loved pets these.

But think child locks on cupboard doors and you wouldn’t necessarily think of using them to protect your pet.

However, this is an area that needs consideration within your home. So here are a few pointers for you...

Indoor safety for your new puppy

l Fit child locks on low level cupboards that house cleaning products.

l Try and hide or cover all electrical cables – thick covers can be bought from most DIY shops. Where possible we suggest running them under carpets.

l In a house please consider making the stairs safe. A puppy will manage to get upstairs quite easily but coming down can prove a bit trickier – we don’t want to see puppies with broken limbs and this is more than possible if they tumble down a flight of stairs. Fitting a simple baby gate will prevent them getting upstairs in the first place.

l Lit candles around the home are obviously a potential hazard to any animal – a puppy or kitten would not realise this until they were perhaps too close to the flame! Don’t leave candles burning with unsupervised pets.

l As daft as this may sound, washing machines and tumble driers are also hazards. Puppies will often look for a nice dark warm place to settle down. We often hear of these two household appliances being the ideal place, so ensure the doors are kept closed once you have finished using them.


You are busy doing a little sewing – perhaps name labels for your children’s new school uniform - and the door bell rings. You put down the sewing and before you know it an hour has passed whilst chatting with the caller.

In the meantime, the puppy has found your sewing box full of fun. There are cotton reels just right for throwing in the air and chewing - and let’s not forget the needles and pins.

In my time as Vet, I can recall many a case where a dog or cat has undergone surgery to remove a needle or a pin from its throat. The surgery can be invasive and is painful, so just that extra second to put the sharp items away can save a traumatic visit to the vets.

Think Sharp – think make safe!

There are many potential hazards around your home for a new puppy because everything is a potential game to them.

So make sure the surroundings are safe before bringing your puppy home to avoid any accidents.