New Puppy Safety
- I do not recommend toy breed dogs
to homes with small children. It is not that the puppy won't love the
kids; it is not safe with small children. Most Poms go to their new homes
at only 2 lbs. That is very small and they are very fragile. A child
picking a puppy up incorrectly can strangle the pet. A child could drop
the pet, and if it is dropped on its head, can have neural damage, most
often resulting in death.
- It is easy for a pup to be
slammed in a door, as they love to follow our feet, and depending on where
the door hits, this could be devastating.
- On the same note, you definitely
need to learn to shuffle your feet with a baby around. They are easily
stepped on, and or kicked if you are not careful.
- A foot off the floor is too high
for a pup. Their little legs break easily. I learned this the hard way by
having one of my baby girls on a chair with me, and she fell off. She was
in a cast for 6 weeks and healed nicely thank goodness. I had to keep her
in a baby playpen so the other dogs wouldnít harm her.
- Reclining chairs and rockers are
dangerous with a baby around. They can be caught, squashed, and smashed.
- Although it is tempting to give
your puppy a bit of your people food, please donít. It is a bad habit to
start, and can be dangerous. I had a cube of cheese lodge in my Aceís
throat when he was tiny, and I though we were going to loose him. Not only
choking, but the change of diet can make your puppy sick.
PUPPY PROOFING YOUR HOME
A small puppy can be just like a toddler in your home, in
terms of mischief making.
Taking precautions will help keep your puppy safe, and
your treasures unchewed!
Remember that it is you that is in charge, should
something be damaged,
blame or be angry at your puppy for your poor planning.
- Electrical wires should be raised
off the floor, or covered so that the puppy canít be shocked or
electrocuted when he chews them.
- Do not leave windows or doors
open so the pup doesnít accidentally escape.
- Balconies and decks should be
covered with mesh to prevent the puppy from slipping through and falling,
or getting caught in to small of an opening.
- Eliminate tablecloths that hang
within reach of the puppy. He can pull and tug on it and possibly have
something fall on him, or break a treasure of yours.
- Be mindful of small objects
around the house or on the floor that your puppy could get choked on,† like buttons,
coins, balls, needles etc.
- Cleaning supplies should be kept
out of reach. Bleach for instance is a toxic and corrosive chemical. Insecticides
and antifreeze are also dangerous.
- Keep your plants out of reach,
some could be poisonous.
- At Christmas time, keep the tree
out of reach. A lot of ornaments are glass and could be broken or
- Swimming pools should be gated or
covered. Although most puppies can swim, if unattended, they could tire
and drown before they could be rescued. Most pools are impossible for them
to get out of on their own.