PET-PROOFING Your Home for Fido and Tiger – How Does YOUR HOME Measure Up? Part 4

If you’re one of the 85 million households in the United States cohabiting with a 4-legged Furry Friend, you may not be surprised to know that pet-parent’s spending is near $70 billion for 2017. We all work very hard to keep our Furry Friends Happy and Healthy!

From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. Welcome back as we continue our series on pet-proofing your home…

Hazards in the Garage

  • Antifreeze, herbicides and Insecticides – Ethylene glycol found in antifreeze and coolants, even in small quantities, can be fatal to both dogs and cats. While antifreeze products containing propylene glycol are less toxic than those containing ethylene glycol, they can still be dangerous. Other substances routinely stored in the garage including insecticides, plant/lawn fertilizers, weed killers and gasoline also pose a real threat to your pet’s health, if ingested.
  • Chemical lawn treatments – Wet chemicals applied to grassy areas must be avoided during the manufacturer’s recommended time. If pets are exposed to wet chemical or granules, that adhere to their paws, they may ingest the chemicals causing stomach upset or more serious problems.
  • Paints and Solvents – Paint thinners, mineral spirits and other solvents are dangerous and can cause skin irritation or chemical burns. It is important that they are not swallowed nor in contact with your pet’s skin. While most latex house paints typically produce a minor stomach upset if ingested, artist’s specialty paints may contain heavy metals and volatile substances that could become harmful if inhaled or ingested.


Don’t wait! Time is critical for successfully treating accidental poisoning. Call your Vet OR the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Be prepared to state your dog’s breed, age, weight and any symptoms. Have the product container or plant sample nearby to assist with identification so the appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.

We hope you found this 4th segment of our PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME Series informative and interesting.

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Until then… it’s all about YOU!

About Gail Spada

Gail Spada’s real estate career began in 1990 and it didn’t take long for Gail to discover her love for the industry. In 2001, she began her real estate sales profession with Century 21 Alliance Realty in Spring Hill, FL. Gail has worked diligently to stay on top of her game. She is a Florida Licensed REALTOR® and has earned the following designations/certifications to include: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ePRO (Internet Savvy Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home With Diversity – One American) and SFR. It is that well-rounded training and experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Hernando County real estate market, that enables Gail to deliver results to her customers.