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Puppy Proofing Your Home or Apartment

When it comes to safeguarding your puppy from your home (and vice versa), treat your puppy like a small child. And remember, prevention is the best medicine!

Get a puppy's eye view of your home by getting down to his level to look for potential hazards. Remove or store items such as nails, knives, glass knick knacks or other sharp objects and items that may be swallowed, chewed, or eaten. Make sure poisonous items are securely stored in cabinets where your puppy cannot get to them. (Antifreeze is deadly to pets, but dogs find the sweet taste enticing! And surprisingly, even a small amount of chocolate (including cocoa mulch used in gardens) is also highly toxic to dogs.)

Ask about your veterinarian's emergency practices and make note of their emergency numbers and procedures. Ask your vet for a list of items that are poisonous to dogs including household and outdoor plants (such as, English Ivy, philodendron, dieffenbachia, caladium, oleanders, and more) and take measures to remove them from your puppy's reach.

What to do if your puppy may have eaten something poisonous:

  1. Contact your veterinarian (keep their emergency policies and numbers handy)

  2. There are also several Animal Poison Hotlines that charge consultation or prepaid fees, for example:

  • ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center. $65.00 consultation fee, but no charge when the call involves a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service. 1-888-4ANI-HELP - (1-888-426-4435)

  • Pet Poison Helpline (AKC) Lifetime access for $15. Think your pet has gotten into something potentially toxic? Don't delay, call AKC Reunite at 800-252-7894 for help. rovide your pet's microchip ID or AKC Reunite collar tag ID. You will be transferred to the Pet Poison Helpline once your Pet Poison Helpline activation is confirmed.

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