Creative Ways to Protect Your Pet from Poisons

If you are reading this blog, you are probably heavily invested in your pet’s health and, therefore, know a lot about how to protect your pets from potential poisons.

However, the biggest threat to our pets might be the guests we bring into our home whoย don’t know what is, and is not, poisonous for pets.

When you have guests over for dinners or holidays, the last thing you want to be is stressed. Stressed the whole time because you are so afraid that someone will feed your dog a piece of the chocolate cake. Or, they have sugar-free gum in their purse, and your pet might find that snack when no one is looking.

To avoid stressing about your pet’s safety, or stressing your guests out, here are a few ideas to keep everyone informed and keep your pet safe:

Chalkboard Notes

Chalkboards are very popularย in home decor right now, and I personally love the idea of using them to remind your guests not to feed your pet toxic items. You could write something as simple as “Please Don’t Feed the Dog”, or you could be more specific and say “The Dinner We Are Eating is Delicious, But Is Toxic to My Pup. Please Don’t Feed”.

Creative Ways to Protect Your Pets from Poisons

Jackets & Purse Storage

It’s really important to make sure all purses are completely out of reach for your pets. I highly recommend clearing off a desk, table, or high shelf in a guest room for purses, which can have toxic items in them. Additionally, I would clear a space in your hall closet, or use hallway hooks to have people hang up their jackets so that you don’t have to worry about people having toxic items in their jacket pockets.

Bandanas & T-shirts

This idea came from Dr. Petryk from Trupanion pet insurance. (If you missed her tips on everyday toxic items, please check out our post here). Have your pet wear a shirt or bandana that reminds people not to feed them. For example, you could use a site like Etsy or Zazzle to customize a bandana or t-shirt to say “Please Don’t Feed Me” or “I Have a Sensitive Tummy”.

I designed this one for Rooney on Zazzle:

Creative Ways to Protect Your Pets from Poisons

Those are my ideas for keeping your pets safe. Please leave your ideas in the comments below.

Also, I want to thank everyone for participating in our March Challenge, and for taking the time to read this month’s themed articles.

Pet Poisons in Everyday Life

Pet Poisons in the Kitchen

Are You Planting Pet Poisons in the Yard?

April’s Challenge will be 30 Days to the Best Pet House, and the first post will be released this weekend complete with a calendar/checklist. Are you excited?!?!?

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  1. Reply
    Two French Bulldogs
    April 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    This sure is important stuff to pass along
    Lily & Edward

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    Denise Fleck
    April 1, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    PAWSitively love these reminders Rachel. You can tell family and friends, but visuals just make the message clearer and don’t seem as much as like you are barking orders. So many things that we eat truly are toxic to our pets, so you just can’t be too careful. Thanks for sharing this out-of-the-box ideas!

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    Kismet
    April 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    We asked at Thanksgiving that nobody feed the dog. When we were at the vet’s on the next day, he said that the day after Thanksgiving was one of the busiest days of the year because every overloads the dog with fats and they sneak it thinking that they’re the only one.
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    M. K. Clinton
    April 2, 2016 at 7:49 am

    We have had company all week and I think I said, “The boys can’t eat that.” a million times! LOL!
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    Kimberly Gauthier
    April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    These are great tips. One thing I love is that people are starting to ask more instead of giving dogs a treat. I don’t allow our dogs to take treats from strangers; only their vets and the employees at our pet store. They love going to the pet store.
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    Groovy Goldendoodles
    April 18, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Medicines are also a concern. People come to visit and if they’re staying over they will leave their medications loose – out on top of their suitcase, or laying on the bed, I always tell my guests to leave their room the way they want, but please close the door because I don’t want my dogs to eat something they shouldn’t! Great post, I like the chalkboard idea!

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