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Avoid these household hazards for your pet when you return to work for a dog-proof home

During the pandemic, homeworking was encouraged, giving pet owners the opportunity to spend all day with their four-legged companions nearby. But as times continue to change, and offices are opening up again, it won't just be us humans who feel the impact - our pets will too.

Something to think about as you return to work is that you won't be around to spot any hazards to pets around the house and be able to pet proof them to make them safe. Now, as pets are left home alone, it's important to think about preventing accidents and leaving your furry family members safe when you aren't there.

How can I pet proof my home?

Leaving your dog home alone (or other pet) can have its risks so it's important to make your home as safe as possible when you return to work to prevent your pet from getting into any danger. You should try to keep all cabinets and cupboards closed so your pet can't get in and find anything harmful it could eat or choke on. If there are any open wires or electrical cords your pet can chew on, keep them firmly stored away or covered.

It's also important to ensure your house is secure, whether that's through putting up sturdy fencing in the garden, or being mindful of open windows, as when left alone, your pet may try to escape and find you.

What household items are toxic to dogs?

There are plenty of items around the house which can be harmful if dogs get hold of them. Things to look out for include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Battery acid
  • Bleach
  • Fertilizer
  • Herbicides
  • Generic cleaning equipment
  • Medicines
We recommend keeping these items safe in closed cupboards. If they are at dog height, it may be worth locking them to be sure they can't accidentally be opened by a waggy tail.

What plants are poisonous to pets?

Pets love exploring gardens, so it's crucial to make sure there is nothing growing in your garden that could be poisonous if your pet sniffs it out and ingests it. In your garden, you should look out for and remove:

  • Lilies
  • Poinsettias
  • Sago Palms
  • Daffodils
There are more plants you need to be careful of out there, and if your pet does find and eat anything that you're unsure of, you should call a veterinary helpline to speak to a qualified veterinary nurse for guidance on the next steps you should follow.

Pets are an important part of the family and the right pet insurance plan can help take care of your claim costs, allowing you to concentrate on caring for your furry companion should something happen.


Have a look at the three different levels of cover of M&S Pet Insurance cover to find the perfect fit for you and your pet.

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