Is Your House Pet Friendly?

Is Your House Pet Friendly?

As a pet owner, you’ll probably do just about anything to make sure your furry family member is happy and healthy. As a pet owner, you are diligent about attending veterinarian appointments and you know where the local animal hospital is located, but one of the most important parts of pet care is making sure your home is animal friendly. Whether you already have pets and are moving to a new home or you are a new pet owner, it’s essential that your home be safe and comfortable for your pet. Along with installing fences and pet gates, there are several things you can do to make sure your home is pet friendly. Here are a few of the most commonly overlooked tips for an animal friendly house.

Install Screens

Unfortunately, it’s common for cats to fall from the windows of high-rise buildings. This type of fall can result in serious injuries and possibly death for cats, so if you have cats and you plan on opening the windows during the summer, it’s important that you install screens on all of your home’s windows. This is especially important if you live in a high-rise apartment building. If your pet does experience a fall, it is essential that you take them to the veterinarian in Helena immediately for the appropriate veterinary treatment.

Flooring Options

If you have the option on what type of flooring you can have in your home, it’s recommended that you choose tile or wood over carpeting. Most carpet materials aren’t durable enough to withstand the damage and stains that are common with pets. Installing wood or tile flooring will be much easier to care for.

It’s also important to keep all of your medications and cleaning supplies out of the reach of your pets and make sure all trash cans in your home have lids. Putting lids on the trash cans will not only prevent your pets from throwing trash all over, but it will prevent the risk of them getting into food scraps that may be harmful to them.

To learn more tips for a pet friendly home, contact Valley Veterinary Hospital of Helena.