During the winter, people and their pets tend to spend more time indoors, so it is important to keep the home environment safe for your dog.
The following are some common issues to be aware of:
Many types of houseplants can be poisonous to dogs. If eaten, these plants can cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as other reactions that can be severe or even fatal. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Poison Control Center provides a list of toxic houseplants, as well as dangerous outdoor plants, on its website.
It is important to keep all dangerous plants out of your dog’s reach.
Burning candles, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves and space heaters create the potential for burns and smoke inhalation. The flickers and warmth of a fire can be an attraction for dogs; because of this, dogs should not be left alone in a room with open flames or hot electric elements. When these items are in use, monitor your dog at all times to keep him from getting burned or possibly starting a house fire.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a threat to dogs as well as people.
Furnaces, gas water heaters, and gas/kerosene space heaters should always be evaluated for any leakage. Because dogs tend to be in the house for longer periods of time during the winter, they can be exposed to carbon monoxide leaks for longer, which may cause serious health issues or death. Checking smoke detectors (and purchasing smoke detectors that also detect increases in carbon monoxide) will help protect your pets and family.