Have you ever walked back from work and found your house a total mess caused by fido? I have! My artwork and sculptors had been trashed and I had to do something since I was expecting my first child a few months down the line. Are you wondering how to keep your baby and pet safe?
Being both a pet owner and parent for many years finding a balance between the two is necessary.
The pet having being the first to arrive before the baby he might feel like attention and love is now shared when the newborn arrives.
The home can also be a place where accidents can occur and a baby gate can keep both family members safe.
Why you need a Baby Gate to keep your Pet Safe?
Importantly, we want to keep our baby and also pet safe in the same space. Baby gates is one way of making your home pet safe. Pets are part of our lovable family and we always want them to feel safe.
Human food can be dangerous to pets as you will find the dog in the bin or kitchen top looking for food left overs. For example, if it is not eating the bacon remaining in your plate it will be licking honey or eating salad full of onions and garlic without your knowledge.
To start with, one can get pet friendly furniture, opt for tiles instead of carpets. Besides, have baby gates to restrict pet to accident prone areas in the house. Our pets, be it dogs, cats, hamsters, birds deserve love, care, attention and safety in our homes.
Benefits of having a Baby/Pet Gate
Pets are not only animals in our homesteads but also considered as family members that deserve care and love.
We plan our lives and sometimes never thing about pets when building or moving to a rented space.
Life can come with different changes and at time one may feel lonely and need a companion. Pets are good companion and one can get one. They come with many benefits from improving our social life, giving us protection as well as companionship.
Our homes have different items that can be dangerous to our pets from detergents, medicines, pesticides.
One can put them away in latched and locked counter away from reach from both children and pets. Things like farm equipment’s and fertilizers which are used in the garden or farm should be kept properly or locked in the store away from our lovely pets to prevent poisoning and injury.
Types of Baby Gates
It may be hard to restrict movement around or inside the home for pets. Even so, where possible install baby gates which can double up as a pet gate.
It can be mounted or foldable baby gates. Foldable baby gates are good for hallways and play areas as they are mostly is portable. Some dog breeds are big and can jump over them but ensure to buy the long baby gates when shopping.
We have several varieties of baby gates that can be used in the house. For example, expandable gates, gates for top and bottom of stairs, gates for hallways and doorways that can be used to restrict your dog movement.
Not only, do baby gates keep your dog safe but also control where your pet can wander in the house.
Pets especially dogs love the outdoor compare to cats which are indoor pets. The dogs need to be kept safe even outdoor so that it doesn’t dash off after other animals and be hit by a car especially in a traffic prone neighborhood.
If the pet is not on a leash ensure to have a fence or baby gate that can act as a cage while outdoor.
For big pets the baby gates need to be strong and sturdy so that it doesn’t fall off when hit it.
Baby gates come in varies varieties, designs and height and can hold even a big pet breed into a restricted area.
One need to check that the baby gate is not so low that the dog can jump over or allow your baby to climb through to unwanted areas around the house.
Lastly, get a baby gate that suits your pets need as well as your needs and family needs.
Article written by https://www.buskerscat.com/ safety for pets campaigner – Carol Smith