Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate

Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/11/2013

Just like kids, your pets need a safe home to live in. Just like a curious toddler pets can get into everything! So here are some tips to keeping your four-footed children safe in your home. The first thing you may want to do is get down on all fours and paw your way around your home looking for potential pet hazards. By taking the time to look at your home through your pet's eyes you will be able to more likely spot possible problem areas. -Take precautions with your plants.  Many common house plants are poisonous to pets when chewed or ingested. Check your plants and either eliminate toxic plants or move them to a safe area away from pets. -Lock your cabinets. Just like you would for a young child lock up medications, and keep household and lawn chemicals out of reach from pets. -Install toddler safety gates to keep animals in safe areas only. -Move the trashcan to a location that your pet cannot access. Food wrappers and some foods like grapes and raisins are harmful for pets. Put your trash in a locked cabinet if possible. -Look for strangulation hazards. Curtains and blind cords should be tied up and kept out of your pet’s reach. -Tuck away and hide wires and cords that are often temptation for pets who like to chew. -If you want to be extra-cautious, consider keeping your pets in a crate when you have to leave the house.

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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/21/2012

If you are a dog owner, and you are making the transition from an apartment or condo into a home, complete with a backyard, then your life is about to get a lot easier.  You'll no longer have to take your dog on long walks for bathroom breaks, and your dog will be a lot happier being able to freely roam an outdoor area without a leash.  Win-win for everyone, right?  Not so fast.  There's a few things you'll need to do in order to avoid some potentially stressful headaches in the very near future.  I'll attempt to highlight some of the more important ones here. 1.  Fencing - If you are moving to a new home that doesn't have a fenced backyard, then consider fencing at your convenience.  Ideally, the home you're moving to would already have this beneficial add-on, but many don't.  Having some form of fencing installed will ensure that you can let your dog run freely without having to keep a watchful eye on them at all times. 2.  Designate a bathroom spot - Giving your dog complete control of your backyard can create a bit of a problem when it comes to bathroom time.  I really don't need to go into specifics here....Suffice it to say that your dog can and should be trained to use a particular corner of the back yard for his activities.  Your shoes and yard will thank you. 3.  Keep your garden pet-friendly - If you are planning to make a garden in your new back yard, then be sure that you don't pick any plants that are toxic to pets.  Many are.  Also, try to incorporate some kind of additional fencing so that your dog doesn't treat your garden like a playground. 4.  Consider a doggy door - If you want to completely eliminate the need for you to take time out of your day to walk your dog, then a dog door can help you with that.  If you're moving to a place with long winter seasons, then you'll need to pick a dog door option that can be sealed easily if inclement weather arises. 5.  Shading - If you're moving to an area that has hot summers, consider planting some fast-growing trees that will offer shade for your dog to cool off.  Without proper shading, some dogs, especially older ones, can experience distress if left in direct sun for too long. For additional ideas, visit

Categories: Pets and Your Home