Buying a house or Condo (consider pet safety)

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Home Inspector with Elliott Home Inspection

Hi Everyone... the picture below is not for the weak hearted ,but is what got me to thinking about pet safety.

When I have time during the day ,which is often early morning or late afternoon I often feel like getting out of the house and off the computer.

Sitting around staring at the screen combined with my increasing age (turn fifty this month) (yes I am getting fixated on that fact) has caused my weight to balloon from 180 to 220 in the last few years.

 

Everyone says I look good (but I know they are lying).

 

Anyway my favorite way to relax is to grab the bicycle throw it in the back of my van and head for the Forest Preserves which here in Chicago is very extensive with many miles of trails right in our backyard.

On my way out to a favorite spot (not far from O'hare Airport) I saw what I thought was a dead dog laying on the curb outside a major food store here.

Turns out it was this deer, as there is an over abundance of them spilling out of the woods in the area the last few years.

Anyway this got me to thinking about pet safety and if you love your pet, and wish to keep it safe at home there are a few things to consider while shopping for a House or Condo.

#1- Household Chemicals     

Pesticides, fertilizers, paints, antifreeze, household cleaners, and other chemicals can pose real dangers to your pet. It's best to prevent poisonings from happening in the first place by keeping containers tightly capped and stored out of reach, but if your pet should become poisoned despite your efforts to protect him, keep him warm and quiet, look for clues to what type of poison it was, when it was swallowed, and how much was swallowed, and call your veterinarian or nearest poison control center immediately. If you take the animal to your vet, remember to take along the container so your vet can treat him effectively.

This to me means take a good look at the cabinets while going threw the place and picture your animal trying to get in at whats inside them.

You may need to child proof with one of the many latch devises out there.

#6- Accidental Falls

Did you know that each year thousands of animals die or suffer injuries in accidental falls from high places? Terraces and window-ledges, in particular, can be very dangerous, especially in warm climates where doors and windows are often left open for long periods. Keep your pets safe. Never leave your animal unattended on a balcony, and install tight-fitting screens on all open windows. Even with screens, windows should only be left partially open in case your pet manages to push against the screen and knock it out.

#15- Pool Safety

We've all heard about the danger to small children of having a swimming pool in your backyard, but animals are at risk for drowning, too. Many pets drown each year in backyard swimming pools, especially puppies and kittens. If you have a pool, or if you live alongside a body of water, it's best to put up a fence to keep animals out. If that's not possible, teach your dog how to get out of your pool by placing the dog in the pool with you, and guiding it to the steps. Do this repeatedly until the dog can find its way out of the pool unassisted. And review the lesson twice a year. Remember, too, that not all dogs are natural swimmers. If you take your dog to the lake or out on a boat, consider getting it a doggy life vest. They're available in a variety of sizes and can save your dog's life.

Those gates are not only a good way to protect your older pet from a fall but as you can see in the picture will also keep them from rooms where they do not belong.

I hope it is one more thing for my clients to think about during my inspection of their new House or Condo.

Let me give credit to two sites http://www.animalrescuetv.com/safety.html

http://www.petacular.com/products/Pet-Gate-G14.html

Anyway I know in the big scheme of things we sometimes for get about the furry guys.

Here is my cat. and yes I love dogs but feel at this point I need to devote more attention than I am able to give.

My cat

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Peter M . Christopher
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Hi Bob.

FYI you can not see the pictures in your blog. I found if you do paste and click this will happen.

Oct 12, 2007 02:20 AM #1
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Bob Elliott
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Peter thanks for the heads up.

I wonder if it is just you ,as I can see them fine.  Anyone?

Oct 12, 2007 12:28 PM #2
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Dale Baker
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Howdy Bob

All I can see is the last photo of your cat. None of the other ones.

Have a good one

Dale

Oct 26, 2007 02:35 PM #3
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Bob Elliott
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Oh thanks Dale I must have forgot to fix it.
Oct 26, 2007 03:12 PM #4
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