Puppyproofing Tips

Are you planning to adopt a puppy soon? Congratulations! There are definitely a lot of adorable moments in your future, along with lots of puppy kisses and tail wags. However, you’ll need to keep a very close eye on little Fido, especially during that first year. Your canine pal has a lot to learn about the world. Dogs tend to investigate things by, well, eating them, which can be very dangerous for a little pooch. A Bolingbrook, IL vet offers some helpful tips on puppyproofing below.

Toxic Plants

Many popular household plants are hazardous to our canine companions. Azaleas, autumn crocus, daffodils, tulips, and oleanders are just a few of the ones that are toxic to little Fido. You can find a complete list online at the ASPCA website here.


Many common household chemicals are toxic to dogs. Lawn/garden chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, are all poisonous to Fido. Your pet could get sick just by walking through a spill or a recently-treated area and then licking his paw! Automotive products—especially antifreeze—are also unsafe. Keep these things in secure places, and don’t let your pet play in areas that have recently been treated.


Our medicines can be very toxic to our furry friends! Be sure to keep both prescription and OTC meds in a cabinet, well out of paws’ reach.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp should be kept in a safe place that your canine friend cannot reach. This includes things like sewing and craft kits, buttons, beads, lighters, pens, and jewelry.

Plastic Products

Plastic bags, wrappers, and ties all pose serious choking hazards. They can also cause severe internal injuries if swallowed.

Personal Objects

As little Fido’s teeth grow in, he’ll want to chew pretty much everything and everything. Keep shoes, books, purses, phones, and other personal items away from your canine buddy.


Many dogs like to chew on pieces of clothing. Keep your laundry up off the floor, where your furry pal can’t get to it. You don’t want little Fido chewing on a sock!

Wires and Cords

Cords, wires, and ropes are also unsafe for our furry companions. Treat anything you can’t keep out of the way with taste deterrent.

Please reach out to us, your local Bolingbrook, IL pet hospital, for your puppy’s veterinary care needs. We love watching puppies grow into happy, healthy adult dogs!

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