I am the owner of a happy little living vacuum cleaner.  I joke, but my French Bulldog will find anything you drop on the floor and will not release it until he has either deemed it not worthy of swallowing or decided it was a treat dropped just for him.

This can be quite challenging when we take trips to grandma and grandpa’s house when you never know if a pill may have dropped on the floor accidentally.

To help keep everyone happy and safe in your home, consider what might be potential hazards to your pet and take proper precautions.

  1. Sweep the floors.

If you have children or elderly folks in your home be sure that you are sweeping or picking up any items that may have found their way to your floors.  If you have a breed of dog like mine that is prone to find items be especially careful if there is chocolate candy or any other toxic item that can harm your pet from making it to the floor.

  1. Utilize a baby gate (or keep the doors closed).

Don’t want your pet getting into certain areas of the house? If it’s a specific room, often times simply closing the door will suffice. However, if your home is more open, you may not have this option. Baby gates are excellent for keeping pets from going up or down stairs or getting into other areas that aren’t typically blocked off with doors, such as the kitchen or dining room.

  1. Invest in a pet-proof garbage can.

You’ve probably heard — or, even worse, experienced firsthand — horror stories of dogs rummaging through the garbage, leaving a giant mess for their owners to clean up. Fortunately, this mishap is avoidable. For a quick fix, you can always add a safety lock to your existing trash can. (Think: baby-proofing. If it can keep a baby out, it can keep your pet out.) A metal step trash can is typically a safe bet because it’s difficult for pets to maneuver the step.

  1. Keep cleaners, laundry supplies, and medications on high shelves.

There’s nothing our curious creatures love more than snooping around. Keeping harmful chemicals and medications in low places — like the ever-popular under-sink storage — puts your pet at risk of exposure to these items. Opt for a higher-up shelf or cabinet for items you wouldn’t want them getting into.

  1. Keep breakables where your pets can’t get them.

Even the best-trained pup can bump into an end table or two. If there’s something you absolutely do not want to get broken, play it safe and keep it out of harm’s way. A fireplace mantle is a great option!

  1. Control your cords.

Any pet, big or small, can be enticed by those cords dangling from your appliances. We might not see them as chew toys, but to your pets, they probably look pretty appealing. Stop by your local hardware store and pick up a cord cover, or tape loose ends to the wall.