Puppyproofing Basics

Are you going to be welcoming a puppy into your home soon? Congratulations! Your furry, four-legged buddy will definitely keep you smiling over the coming months. Little Fido is very curious, and has lots to learn about the world. Unfortunately, baby dogs tend to investigate things by, well, eating them. Puppies also chew a lot, to mitigate the pain of teething. Put these things together, and you have a pet that may very well try to chew anything and everything. This can be very dangerous! In order to keep your puppy safe, you’ll need to do some puppyproofing. A Carmel, IN vet offers some puppyproofing tips in this article.

Small And/Or Sharp Objects

Pick up anything small or sharp. Some of the things you’ll want to keep away from your furry friend include jewelry, safety pins, tacks, pens and pencils, and craft kit pieces.


Plastic bags, ties, and wrappers can present serious choking hazards to little Fido! Store plastic items well out of paws’ reach.


Clothing items, especially smaller pieces, like socks and underwear, can choke your canine buddy if he tries to chew them. Keep clothes off the floor.

Wires and Cords

Wires and cords can be very hazardous to baby dogs. If little Fido chews a live wire, he could be seriously hurt, and could even start a fire! Remove or secure cords, wires, and ropes.

Toxic Plants

Plants are another serious concern. Check the ASPCA website here for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants. Remove anything that isn’t listed as safe.


Household cleaning agents; automotive products; paint; lawn and garden products; pesticides; tobacco products; and herbicides are all very dangerous to your furry pal. Medicine is also a serious hazard. Keep these things in secure cabinets, where your curious little pet can’t reach them.

Personal Items

Shoes, purses, remote controls, cell phones, and other personal items should be kept in places your canine friend can’t access. Better safe than sorry!

Trash Cans

To Man’s Best Friend, going through the garbage can be an easy way to score himself some leftovers. However, garbage can contain dangerous items, like can lids, tinfoil, toothpicks, bones, and food wrappers, to name just a few. Get trashcans with secure lids.

Is your puppy ready for spay/neuter surgery? Does Fido need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control products? Call us, your Carmel, IN pet hospital, today!

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