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Puppyproofing Tips

March 15, 2019

National Puppy Day is coming up March 23rd. Puppies are one of the greatest things in life, as far as we’re concerned. While we love dogs of all ages, puppies have a special way of melting hearts. However, bringing a baby dog home is a big responsibility! One thing that is very important is making your home safe for little Fido. Here, a San Jose, CA vet offers some helpful puppyproofing tips.


The average household has dozens—if not hundreds—of products that are toxic to dogs. Keep cleaning agents, automotive products, lawn/garden chemicals, pesticides, and medication in secure cabinets. You’ll also want to remove any toxic plants. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.


Dogs can easily get entangled in ropes and cords, which can choke or strangle them. Little Fido may also try to chew through an electrical cord. Use taste deterrents on wires, ropes, and cords that you can’t move out of your canine buddy’s reach.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags and wrappers are another concern. Make sure not to leave these in a spot where your pet can access them. You’ll also want to cut and carefully dispose of the plastic rings that hold beverage packs together.


Little Fido has been known to chew on clothes, especially smaller pieces, such as socks and underwear. Keep laundry off the floor!

Small/Sharp Objects

Knives, pens, scissors, pins, craft kits, fishing tackle, and anything else that is small or sharp is a definite safety risk for a puppy. Store these things in a spot Little Fido can’t access.


Our canine buddies are very opportunistic eaters, and are not necessarily above going through the trash in search of leftovers. This can be very dangerous, as the trash can contain things like bones, can lids, and plastic wrap. Use a garbage can with a secure lid.

Personal Items

Nothing is sacred, as far as your precocious pet is concerned. Keep cell phones, lighters, wallets, books, shoes, purses, and other personal items safely out of paws’ reach.


In addition to puppyproofing, you’ll also need to offer little Fido lots of suitable toys, and make sure he’s getting lots of activity and playtime. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Does your puppy need vaccinations, parasite control, or spay/neuter surgery? Contact us, your San Jose, CA vet clinic, today!