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April 6, 2018 8:05 pm

At FirstKey Homes, we know how much you love your pets, and that’s why your fur babies are welcome in your FirstKey rental home. We want to help make sure they stay healthy and happy, so here are some of our favorite quick tips for making your home safe for pets. 

  • Below are some of our favorite quick tips for making your home safe for pets.
  • Keep kitchen garbage in a covered trash can or stored in a latched cabinet.
  • Beyond creating a mess, if your pet gets into the trash they could be exposed to harmful objects that they could choke on or things like chicken bones, which can break into dangerous shards when chewed.
  • Keep toilet lids closed.
  • This will prevent the risk of poisoning due to chemicals in cleaners and also eliminates a drowning hazard.
  • Make sure any houseplants that may be dangerous to pets are inaccessible.
  • Some plants — including lilies, tulips, chrysanthemums, English ivy and more — are harmful if eaten by a pet. Research plants to see if they’re a risk; if they are, be sure to keep them out of reach.
  • Store medications, chemicals, etc., where pets can’t get to them.
  • Accidental ingestion of harmful materials is a major risk for pets. Antifreeze, for example, is surprisingly dangerous, as its sweet smell and taste can be especially attractive to cats and dogs and even very small amounts can be lethal.
  • Place cords and cables where they can’t be chewed on or tangled up in.
  • Long cords for draperies or blinds can be a strangulation hazard, and electrical cords are certainly dangerous if chewed on. Keep them out of reach of your pets.


“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” —Gilda Radner


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