Category: dog health

10 Tips On How To Keep Your Home Safe For Dogs

10 Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe For Dogs
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Just like when you have small kids – there are all sorts of additional home safety factors that you have to consider when you have a dog. For example, a dog might attempt to eat or chew all sorts of things that could harm it.

There are the obvious potential problems such as household chemicals, pesticides and so on, but also many other things which are not commonly known to be harmful to a dog – such as certain house plants.

In addition, there are also several other things to be aware of – for example common mistakes such as assuming that a cat flea medicine is ok for dogs. The same applies with foods and even with things like essential oils, many of which should not be used on dogs or cats. It is best to assume that a completely different set of rules apply for cats and dogs.

We found a great page which lists 10 great tips for keeping your home safe for dogs. A few of these were a real surprise. This is valuable information and could save your dog’s life! Be sure to check these out and then follow the guidelines to make your home a safe place for your pet.

Ok, here is the link to the list:

Note that we also have a really useful page listing 20 Foods That You Should NEVER Feed To Dogs – here:

List Of Foods You Should NEVER Feed To Dogs

List Of Foods You Should NEVER Feed To Dogs
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Many people assume – mistakenly – that “human food” is safe for their pets. Nothing could be further from the truth! Some human foods can be poisonous to dogs and you need to know what they are. One of the challenges here is that dogs tend to want to eat what they see you eating – and will not just leave alone the things that could harm them.

Here is a list of foods and other substances that should never be fed to dogs and kept out of reach. Please share this list – you can also pin our pic on Pinterest / link to this page.


Xylitol is a sweetener used as an additive and sugar substitute. It is very dangerous to dogs and can cause seizures and liver failure.


Nutmeg is highly toxic to dogs and can kill in amounts safe for humans!


So many people think they are giving their dog a treat by giving it chocolate. It can cause dogs gastrointestinal upset, elevated heart rate and even seizures.

Onions and Garlic

These are controversial. Some report they are toxic to dogs (damaging red blood cells) but many people think they are ok. You may wish to avoid giving them to your dog to be on the safe side. Onions and garlic often end up given to dogs inadvertently in leftovers from the table. Be aware also of the many products containing onion powder – including soups and certain baby foods.


Raw fish

This can lead to thiamine deficiency in dogs, which can be serious.

Apple seeds

Apricot, cherry, avocado, plum, persimmon and peach stones / pits / seeds

Moldy Food

Certain molds can be life threatening to dogs – so keep them away from moldy foods of all kinds.

Macadamia nuts

These are toxic enough to dogs to make them ill, giving them a kind of fever – but are reported unlikely to be fatal.

Other nuts

In general, nuts are best avoided by dogs. Walnuts can make them ill, and other tree nuts such as brazils and pistachios may contain a small amount of aflatoxin, a substance produced by a certain type of mold, which can be very harmful to dogs although typically this occurs in amounts safe for humans.

Bones from cooked chicken or fish

Grapes and raisins

Have been associated with kidney failure in dogs.


Alcoholic beverages are more intoxicating to dogs than humans, and alcohol poisoning occurs at a much lower dosage. Don’t ever give dogs alcoholic drinks!


Very toxic to dogs, leading to very high body temperature, seizures and possible death. Immediate veterinary treatment is needed.

Bread dough

Uncooked dough with live yeast can have very serious consequences for a dog. Not only can it expand in a dog’s stomach to the point where it can lead to breathing difficulty, it can also produce alcohol in the stomach, seriously enough to cause collapse or even death from alcohol poisoning.

Over-the-counter Medications, Prescriptions and Supplements

There have been numerous cases where people have dropped their medication and the dog ate it before they could stop him from doing so. Prescriptions drugs can be VERY dangerous for dogs! Also, some supplements such as fish oil and other herbal products can be very tasty to dogs and if they manage to get into the container and binge, it could be serious.

Garden Products

Ok, so you aren’t likely to feed soil improvement products such as bone meal, fish emulsion or manure to pets, but they can chew through plastic containers and binge – so these things need to be kept somewhere where dog can’t get to them.


Numerous plants are toxic to dogs. Some of these are toxic to humans too, but some are not. The list of dog-toxic plants includes: – potato and tomato plant leaves and stems, rhubarb, Azalea, Daffodil, Foxglove, Ivy, Morning Glory, Nightshade, Oak, Green Potato, Rhododendrum, Wisteria, Aloe Vera, Caladium, Chrysanthemum, Dumbcane, Elephant’s Ear, Emerald Fern, Hyacinth, Philodendron, Weeping Fig, Yew. Note, this is not an exhaustive list but covers several of the common no-no’s.

If you notice symptoms / suspect the consumption of the above foods, contact the vet / take the dog in immediately.

See also: 20 “People Foods” That Are Considered SAFE For Dogs

VIDEO: How To Clean Your Dog’s Ears

We all want our dog buddies to stay healthy and well groomed. Nothing beats the satisfaction that comes from seeing your dog in top shape. There are a handful of things to check to ensure your dog is happy and healthy. And you can simply start your dog’s regular grooming and maintenance routine with the ears.

The ears of our dogs are fairly sensitive and complex. They can be floppy (such as in Cocker Spaniels or Poodles) or pointy; they can be short or otherwise too. When a significant amount of earwax and debris accumulates along the ear canal, the ears can become an exceptional breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, or parasite, which can often result in some ear irritation and infections.

Infections that can lead to serious problems – even hearing impairment! Typically, ear infections in dogs are painful and irksome and dogs end up frequently shaking their heads or scratching their ears. Other signs of possible infection include an abnormal discharge coming from the ears (which is smelly in most cases), redness and swelling in the ear canal.

Dirty ears translate to painful infection. As simple as that. Unfortunately, our dogs couldn’t care less about getting their ears all cleaned up. It then becomes essential as a responsible pet owner to assess the condition of our dog’s ears and clean them thoroughly. Cleaning your dog’s ears is very easy. However, like all things, precautions need to be exercised. It always pays well to discuss with a veterinarian certain things you aren’t sure of. Additionally, your vet can point out the do’s and don’ts in cleaning.

Dr. Mike Ontiveros of VetVid discusses and shares a few helpful tips and techniques in cleaning your dog’s ears. The video goes step by step from identifying signs of potential infection to applying an ear cleaner correctly.

VIDEO - How to Clean Your Dog's Ears
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