Happy National Dog Day!
To celebrate National Dog Day, we wanted to share with you tips on keeping your pets safe and healthy in an apartment. Living in an apartment doesn’t have to keep you from adopting a furry friend, as many cats and dogs can live happily in a smaller environment. But while you could face some extra challenges when it comes to keeping a pet in an apartment, these tips should definitely help you.
One of the biggest issues with having a pet while living in an apartment is the lack of space to roam and stretch their legs. This is especially true for dogs – small breed and low-energy dogs need at least one walk a day, while larger and high-energy dogs need two walks a day. To keep your pets happy and healthy, set aside 30 minutes to an hour every day to walk your dog.
2) House Training
Ensuring your puppy is house trained is imperative when living in an apartment, especially if you’re on an upper floor. Living in an apartment complex means your dog will not have immediate access to a dog door or a yard, increasing the chance of accidents. House breaking your puppy will require a crate, pee pads, and lots of patience, but it will result in a healthy and stress-free pet.
This area is a major hazard for pets, especially if you live on an upper floor. The railings may be wide enough for your pet to fit through, putting them in great danger of getting hurt, lost, or worse. If you want your pets to enjoy your balcony, consider installing chicken wire or clear plastic squares to prevent them from fitting through the railings. But as a rule of thumb, keep your pets safe by never letting them be on a balcony on their own.
4) Cabinets & Shelves
Cabinets and shelves are especially accessible for pets living in apartments. Make sure to keep all your cabinets firmly closed and install childproof locks as a precaution. If you have a cat, your higher cabinets and shelves are not safe either, as they can easily climb on top of the counters, so make sure all cabinets are closed at all times.
5) House Plants
Given the lack of a yard, house plants are very common in your average apartment. Unfortunately, many common house plants are poisonous to our furry friends. Some common house hold plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs are poinsettias, hyacinth, oleander, and daffodils. Keep your pets safe by ensuring that a plant is harmless to your pets before bringing it into your house!
6) Pet Haven
Since your pets are confined to a small area for most of the day, it is important to make your pet feel safe and comfortable in your apartment. Consider converting an area of your apartment into a “pet haven,” where your pet’s food and water bowl, bed, and toys will be stored. Think of it as a place for your pet to de-stress and recharge, so make sure it has everything your pet would need and want.
Most people think pets cannot thrive in an apartment, and as a result, thousands of pets are abandoned each year when their owners move into an apartment. While it is a bit more challenging having a pet in an apartment, it is not impossible or harmful to the animal. Take these tips into consideration the next time you want to adopt a pet!