Making Your Home Safe for Your Pets

by Patricia Uribe 09/08/2019

Do you have a dog or a cat that you absolutely love? Well, you are not alone. More people than you would imagine actually identify their pets as their best friends. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think of Twinkles as your best friend, you still want her to be safe at your home. Here are a couple of simple ideas that you can carry out to make your home safer and less injurious for your pets. 

  1. Make sure your indoor plants are safe for pets. Plants like aloe vera, ivies and amaryllis are quite toxic for dogs. Lilies have also been shown to cause liver failure in kittens. If you are considering getting a newly potted plant, you might want to ask your vet if it’s safe for your pets before you decide to bring it home.
  2. Keep all chemicals behind closed doors. It’s not uncommon to find all kinds of chemicals in the house – antifreeze, rodenticides, cleaning products, fertilizers, etc. Remember that pets are by nature rather curious creatures, so make sure all your chemicals are safely stored away behind a closed cupboard, far away from the reach of your pets.
  3. Keep your trash cans tightly covered. And if it’s possible, keep them outside your home, and if that’s not possible, in a locked cabinet. The trash is usually full of discarded food, small pieces of trash and other waste products that you might not consider dangerous but may be very harmful to your pets.
  4. Keep your toilet lids down. Small animals have been known to drown in the toilet or poisoned by drinking chemically contaminated water from there. 
  5. Keep your windows properly shut. This is very important, especially if you live in a high rise. If you have to open your windows, you should install a sturdy and robust window screen. Don’t count on the window bars alone; cats can fit through them and dogs can easily open them.
  6. Don’t leave food or drinks out in the open. Always try to keep food and other edibles out of the reach of your pets. What you may consider a gourmet dish may turn out to be toxic for Tiger. Grapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure in dogs. Caffeine and chocolate are also lethal too. Milk and dairy products can cause indigestion in animals too. For a more comprehensive list of dangerous foods for pets, see the ASPCA website.

When you’re shopping for a new home, make sure to tell your real estate about your pet needs, they can help you find the most pet-friendly properties.

About the Author

Patricia Uribe

As the driving force behind the Patricia Uribe Real Estate Team, I have been taking care of my real estate clients throughout Southeast Michigan and surrounding regions for over thirteen years. I have been helping first time home buyers and first-time home sellers work through every step of the buying and selling process to give them the peace of mind and feeling of trust they expect.

When you work with me, you are working with a highly respected and trusted real estate agent that has built a solid reputation throughout the communities I serve. When I work with my clients, I want them to achieve exactly what they want out of selling or buying their home, exceeding all their expectations.

I have built an outstanding reputation within the real estate community by participating in various organizations, being recognized for awards, and completing certifications.

● Over 15 years of professional real estate experience
● Member of the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce thru RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.
● Governing Board Member of the Women’s Council of Realtors (Lake Point Chapter) during 2010 and 2011
● Member of the Year for the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2012
● Certified as a Distressed Property Expert
● ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
● Completed all class requirements for Associate Broker
● 2005-2012, 2014 – RE/MAX Executive’s Club
● 2013, 2015- 2018 – RE/MAX 100 Percent Club
● 2016 – Achieved RE/MAX Hall of Fame status
● Office Mentor since 2015

With years of experience behind me, I can make recommendations based on your personal preferences and the market status and can also provide information about various neighborhoods, as well as other relevant and associated information.

I provide services to individuals in all areas of Macomb County, Oakland County and in surrounding areas.

If you live in or around these areas of Southeast Michigan, give me a call and let me know what you are looking to accomplish with buying or selling your home. As an experienced RE/MAX Realtor, I will help you buy your dream home or sell your current home to allow for the changes in your life. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time, but I will make sure the process goes smoothly and stress free for you and your family!