Wednesday, January 20, 2016

3 Tips To Make Your Home More Pet-Friendly

When you're house hunting at the Lake of the Ozarks, the features you look for will vary depending on with whom you plan to share your home. If you have young children, for example, you may look for a house with easy access to playgrounds or swimming pools. If someone in your family is disabled, you may look for a single-level home without any stairs. If you have pets, you will have to look for an entirely different set of accommodations.

For many of us, our pets are integral parts of our families. If you plan to share your home with furry family members, there are several things you can/should do to make your home more pet-friendly. Here are a couple of tips from your friends at Eagle's Nest Realty.

3 Tips To Make Your Home More Pet-Friendly

1. Research Which Types Of Houseplants Are Safe
Houseplants serve many great purposes, such as beautifying our homes and oxygenating the air we breathe. However, some types of common houseplants can be toxic to cats and/or dogs if ingested. Do your research on each new type of houseplant before bringing it into your home.

2. Tuck Trash Cans Out Of Reach
Almost everyone knows at least one person (if not multiple people) whose dogs have gotten into their trash cans. This is frustrating for you because it almost always results in a giant mess, and it's also dangerous for your dogs because human trash cans typically contain waste that is toxic or dangerous. For example, our bathroom trash cans may contain:
  • Makeup containers
  • Medication bottles
  • Razor blades
Our kitchen trash cans may contain:
  • Spoiled food
  • Food that is toxic to dogs and cats (such as garlic, fruit, tomatoes, chocolate, etc)
  • Plastic bags

These examples are just a few of the items that can prove dangerous or even deadly to your pet if ingested. For everyone's safety, it's best to use lidded trash cans or to keep your trash cans tucked away in the closet or cabinet under the sink.

3. Keep Electrical Cords And Wiring Out Of Reach
It's time to take a critical look at the cords and electrical wires that are connected to your devices. While they may not be prominently visible, your curious dog or cat may find them and decide they look like fun, chewable toys. This is bad for both you and your pet, so it's bet to make sure all of your cords are tucked out of reach.

Looking For A New Home? Eagle's Nest Realty Can Help!
If you're in the market for a new home, we hope you'll reach out to our real estate agents in Sunrise Beach MO. After listening to your wants and needs, we will search the available homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you identify which properties might be right for you. We promise to be there for you along every step of the process, from the initial home search to the final negotiations. Visit our website to learn more about how we may be able to help you!

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