Tip #1: Beware of Toxic Substances - Toxic materials can come in several shapes and sizes. Harsh chemicals found in cleaning supplies, pesticides, fertilizers and rodenticides, are all obvious types of toxins. Yet, even benign things can be hazardous to your pets as a lot of substances that aren't toxic to humans can be lethal to your furry friends. Grapes and raisins can kill them, sugar-free foods and gum containing Xylitol can cause liver failure, and nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and nervous system damage. Common house plants, such as azaleas, lilies, poinsettias and aloe, among many others, are toxic to pets. Be sure to check out the ASPCA's list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants and remove poisonous plants from your home and get informed before you purchase your next plant. It is so important to be preventative.
Tip #2: Give Them Their Space - Pets like to have their own living area, just as humans do. Make sure to set their feeding area in a spot where they can eat in peace. For example, right next to the loud washing machine is not a goo place. Pets should also have their own beds, so they have their own personal space to lay down and relax.
Tip #3: Clean Pets = Clean Home - This seems like a no-brainer but it is often overlooked. Make sure you bathe and groom your pets with frequency, depending on your pet's type. This will help keep that new cream colored rug of yours clean.
Tip #4: Help Them Help You - A lot of the troubles that pet owners go through can be simplified by giving your pets the tools to do things themselves. This can come in various forms, such as getting them a water fountain that automatically filters tap water or a food dispenser so you don't have to constantly fill their bowls. Another great idea is to install a doggy door that gives your dogs access to your backyard without the hassle of having to open and close the door to let them in or out. This allows your pets to come and go as they please and will help prevent accidents around the house when you're not home.
Hopefully these tips help you cohabit more harmoniously with your pets!