Puppyproofing 101

Has a new puppy just joined your household? Congratulations! You are no doubt in for some adorable moments with your new pal. Puppies are definitely one of life’s special treasures. They are also quite a bit of work! In order to keep little Fido safe and healthy through this super cute and crucial time, you’ll need to do some petproofing. An Indianapolis, IN vet discusses puppyproofing in this article.


Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties are all major choking hazards for a curious puppy. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!


Dogs are quite opportunistic. Little Fido may very well go looking through the trash for leftovers. However, the garbage can contain things like bones, can lids, plastic wrap, tin foil, and other dangers. Use a garbage can with a secure lid.

Toxic Plants

Many popular plants are poisonous to our furry pals. Check the ASPCA site for a list of safe and unsafe plants.

Small/Sharp Objects

Puppies like to investigate things by, well, eating them. Small items can be particularly dangerous. Store things like beads, buttons, pen caps, batteries, safety pins, and craft kit pieces in a secure place. This applies to anything sharp and/or breakable as well.


Many common household items are highly toxic to dogs. Household cleaning agents and chemicals are one concern. Automotive products, particularly antifreeze, are also a big danger, as are herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, fertilizer, and other chemicals. Medicines are also very toxic to pets. Store these things in a secure cabinet where little Fido can’t reach them.


Puppies often like to chew on cloth items, especially when they are teething. Be sure to keep clothing off the floor. Things like socks, underwear, dishtowels, and nylons can present serious choking hazards!

Wires and Cords

Little Fido could get seriously hurt if he chokes on or gets tangled up in a wire. Drape cords and electrical wires should be carefully secured. You can also use a taste deterrent to keep your pet from eating things you can’t r put away.

Kitty Litter

It isn’t uncommon for dogs to snack on the contents of Fluffy’s litterbox. If you have a cat, keep your kitty powder room in a secure place your puppy can’t reach. (Tip: try using a baby gate.)

Please contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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