Puppyproofing Basics

Puppies are definitely one of the cutest things in the world. Little Fido’s furry face, hilarious antics, and loving kisses are heartwarmingly adorable. Man’s Best Friend is a bit mischievous, however, especially when he’s young. Baby dogs also have a tendency to investigate things by, well, eating them. Therefore, it’s important to make your home safe for your furry pal. A Portage, MI vet offers some puppyproofing tips in this article.

Small/Sharp Items

Anything sharp and or small is a definite no-no. This includes things likes tools, tacks, craft kit pieces, sewing kit pieces, beads, buttons, safety pins, fishing lures, pen caps, coins, screws, and nails.

Toxic Plants

Many popular plants are actually dangerous for our canine friends. Make sure your home only contains pet-safe plants. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Plastic Bags

Some dogs like the texture of plastic, and often try to chew it. This is very dangerous! Plastic grocery bags, food wrappers, and the plastic ties that hold beverage packs together are all unsafe. Keep these things out of paws’ reach.


Little Fido is definitely not above going through the trash in search of a snack. Trash can contain things like bones, can lids, and other hazards. Get a garbage can with a secure lid.


Any type of chemical should be kept in secure cupboards little Fido can’t get into. This includes automotive products, lawn and garden chemicals, fertilizers, cleaning products, paint, turpentine, and pesticides.

Wires and Cords

Dogs can seriously hurt themselves by chewing on live wires! Cords and ropes also present strangling risks. Try to secure wires, so your pet can’t reach them. Anything that is still exposed can be treated with taste deterrent.


Puppies often like to chew on fabric, as it soothes the pain of teething. However, you definitely don’t want your pet swallowing a sock! Keep clothing off the floor.


Human medicines, both prescription and OTC, are definitely unsafe for dogs. Keep medicines in secure cabinets.


Make sure little Fido has lots of suitable chew toys. Training is also important. If you see your puppy chewing on something he shouldn’t, tell him ‘No’ and take it away. Be sure to reward him with treats and praise when he chews his toys.

Please contact us, your Portage, MI vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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