Keeping Pets Safe: Common Household Accidents


Dog or cat, indoors or outdoors, there are a number of common hazards that pose a risk to our pets. As pet owners, being aware of these risks is the first step in prevention. The second is making sure that your home is as free as possible of potential dangers. You may not be able to control all the hazards your pet is exposed to in an outdoor environment, but you can ensure that your house is the as animal-friendly as it can be. Keep an eye out for the risks below and help to avoid these preventable accidents: 

  • Chewing electrical cords – Hide exposed cords and wires whenever possible, spraying them with a bitter tasting spray if your puppy or kitten shows any interest.
  • Toxicities – Prevent the ingestion of potential toxins such as cleaning agents and human medications by placing such hazardous products in cupboards or other enclosed and inaccessible places. 
  • Broken glass or other sharp objects – Ensure that your pet stays clear, and that their paws are free of foreign debris. 
  • Small toys – Pets can get pretty excited when playing, and excitement can sometimes lead to accidents. Try and choose toys that are not easily breakable and whose shape and size prohibits accidental ingestion. 


Unfortunately there are elements in the outside world that are beyond our control: speeding cars and wild animals to name a few. However, we can control their exposure to very toxic substances such as the ethylene glycol found in windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze. Being aware of your surroundings is important for both you and your pet, but there is another thing pet owners can use to their advantage: knowing our pet’s personality! Whether you have an energetic dog who loves to run, or a cool cat who loves to cuddle, act accordingly, especially when entering outdoor or foreign environments. 



Although there are many accidents that can occur all year round to both dogs and cats, it is important to remember that there are many seasonal dangers as well, with holidays such as Halloween and Christmas introducing new risks to your pet. Winter may be a time for hot cocoa and fun holiday activities, but it is also a time for extreme cold and ice, so keep your eye out for the risks below.



  • Foreign body indigestion – e.g. tinsel from a Christmas tree, ribbon from presents, and nuts. 
  • Seeking heat by lying on car engines, which can result in severe or fatal fan belt injuries.


  • Hypothermia from falling through ice or frostbite from being left outside too long
  • Running into trees, rocks and fences when chasing toys (could happen at any time of year, but icy ground makes it a lot more likely to happen!) 
No matter how many preventive measures we take, sometimes accidents happen, but we can do our best to try and decrease the risks our pets are exposed to. As pet owners we try to make our pets as happy as they make us, and that means providing them with a safe and caring environment. 
Consider accident pet insurance coverage for your pet from Pets Plus Us.