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petsIf you knew how dangerous the average home can be for a pet, you might consider making tracks to pet proof your house. Many hidden dangers in the home go unnoticed until it's too late.

Consider the dog that ate a pound of wire while the owner was standing nearby in the garage; the cat that was playing with a thread laying on the table and swallowed it with a needle at the end; the bird that took flight in the house and tragically got mixed up with a ceiling fan; a cat that jumped into the clothes dryer.

While these circumstances may seem uncommon, similar incidences happen all too often in households across the nation.

According to data released by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), claims have increased over the last few years. In 2005 alone, Americans spent $18 billion on veterinary care for their dogs and cats, and that doesn't include care for exotic pets.

pet of the monthHomeowners are familiar with some hazards in the home; they know about locking up the antifreeze, rodent and snail baits and being mindful of poisonous plants such as lilies, poinsettias and mistletoe, but learning more about less common hazards can help avoid some tragic scenarios.

According to Dr. Aine McCarthy, director of veterinary marketing at Veterinary Pet Insurance, "Pets have become such an integral part of the American household. Unfortunately, many people aren't aware of the less publicized dangers in their home that veterinarians see daily, harming pets. As a veterinarian, I know many worst-case scenarios could have been avoided."

According to claims data from VPI, the nation's largest insurer of pets, the greatest household threats are:

  • Electric shock - Chewing on electrical cords, especially during the holidays when extension cords are used for decorations. It is best to hide these cords so they are not so accessible.
  • Lacerations and Bruising - Injuries from jumping off beds (for small dogs) and fighting with other animals are all too common.
  • Food and Poison - Cats and dogs may ingest varied toxic items, including insecticides, human medications, chocolate and pieces of dog toys and bones that may splinter.

pet of monthPet owners need to be aware of other hazards in the kitchen, including things commonly found in the trash can, such as coffee grinds, old batteries and cigarette butts. Other hazardous items in the bathroom or linen closets include dietary supplements, nicotine gum, mothballs, soap and chemical cleaning agents.

"It's important for people to be aware of the hidden dangers around the exterior of their house as well," says McCarthy.

If you have a swimming pool that stays full during the winter, she suggests teaching your dog where the steps are so they won't panic and drown should they fall or jump in. Also, buy a self-closing door or gate to help thwart and protect the escape artist-your pet.

Finally, make sure your pet is insured. No matter how much you prepare, expensive accidents are bound to happen. After all, pets will occasionally be pets.

A few simple steps can help you avoid common reasons for emergency visits to the veterinarian.

Courtesy of NAPSnet

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