Floridians love their pets. We do our best to protect them from the intense Florida heat and the summer storms. Many of us have special water bottles, extra beds, and cozy blankets for our pets. But we have learned over the years at Gulf Coast Appliances that homeowners need to be aware of their appliances regarding their pets. Why pet-proof, you ask?
Just listen to what Animal Wellness Magazine says.
“To your dog or cat, especially if he’s a youngster, home appliances aren’t just household items – they’re interesting objects to explore, climb, play with – and potentially get injured by. Putting some simple precautions in place will ensure he stays safe.”
If you have ever had a young pet, it is often a mystery as to why they like the things they do. But these are the reasons we have come up with as to why animals like our home appliances.
Here is a simple truth. The dirty clothes basket smells like you and is the perfect place for a loving pet to crawl in and take a nap. Curious pets may want to know what’s for dinner. And there are so many other ways they can end up in trouble if we are not taking time to check first.
Avoid these simple mistakes by reading the following tips. Then you won’t be running to the vet and calling for repair. No one wants that.
Beware the smell of food with your pets! They love to sit under your feet as you prep for dinner, but this can be a dangerous sport as well. Additionally, pet owners should be aware of the toxic foods they store in the home. This list includes but is not limited to the following:
Also, be aware of plastic bags with food remnants and small items they can swallow.
Ovens and Ranges- Not sure about you, but tripping over my pet seems to be a daily hazard. When pets get underfoot in the kitchen, they can not only get stepped on. Pets can have boiling water spilled, a knife dropped, or they can get burned. And if you accidentally turn on the stove or oven, you can even get burned.
The Disposal- Reluctant to bring this one up, cats tend to go there for the meats you throw down the disposal. So, if you have fish for dinner, be sure to run the disposal right away and keep the cat from getting curious. You can even run it with a bit of cleaner in there, so the disposal does not smell like dinner for the night.
The Refrigerator- If your pet dashes the fridge when you are unaware, the results could be tragic. Hypothermia and even death can occur if they are happily eating away and not one notices, or worse, no one is home.
Warm, quiet, and often dark, a pet wanting a cozy nap will often look to a basket of clothes or go behind the dryer. But if they climb in when the door is left open, they could get very hurt. Check the basket as you toss laundry in and keep the pets from betting a with and blow dry along with a trip to the vet.
Also, pet owners should be aware of the cleaners and such that could be dangerous to pets. Please make sure they are out of reach and in safe containers.
Foods, cleaners, pesticides, and more are all attractive to pets, not knowing what in the world they are. In fact, they even come in pretty colors and bottles to knock over. Be sure cleaners are not left open or available to pets. And ensure pantry items are in tight containers.
The Vacuum Cleaner- Yes, the vacuum cleaner can either be frightening or a thing to chase. If those sweet tails get caught up, you will have a very sad pet. Keep them away when vacuuming the carpets.
Yep, wires and cords are a big one, especially for teething little ones. As you can imagine, this will not only hurt the appliance, but it may electrocute your loved one. Make doubly sure pups and kittens do not chew on cords.
This may sound like a simple task, but you would be surprised how many curious critters get in the way of home appliances. Pet-proof your home appliances to make sure accidents with appliances don’t happen to you.
We know you love your pets as much as we do. No one would ever want their pet to get hurt. We do the opposite all day, in fact. Both children and pets can get hurt by these appliances that save our productivity every day.
If you wonder if your home is safe enough to bring in a new pet, call Gulf Coast Appliance Repair to come out and check. While we are there, we can also perform maintenance on the appliances to ensure they are running perfectly.
And if you ever have home appliances you need to be repaired, of course, we will be there on Florida’s west coast and the Greater Tampa Bay area. Contact Gulf Coast Appliance Repair for an appointment today.