Everyone who owns a pet or two will attest to the fact that pets grow to be an important part of the family. In fact, 70% of American households have a dog, making up more than half of all households in the country.
The human members of our family or the pressures of daily life may frequently consume all of our attention. When you leave the house for an extended amount of time, this could put your dogs and cats in danger.
Thankfully, you can make sure that your pets are happy and healthy whether you are home or not by combining home security innovations, pet safety, and fundamental home readiness.
Pet Preparedness 101
It’s vital to go through the fundamentals before moving on to more sophisticated ways to keep your pets safe. People may find it useful to make a simple checklist to serve as a reminder to themselves to pet-proof their houses each day before they leave.
Here are a few guidelines for keeping pets safe every day:
- Put out any open flames, including candles and your fireplace.
- Anything that poses a choking risk should be kept out of the child’s reach.
- Get rid of any pet-toxic food and home goods (onions, sugar-free chewing gum, lilies, and weed killer to name a few)
- Keep the doggie door latches closed and secure any windows and doors.
Staying Cool and Keeping Warm
How your pet will fare in oppressive heat or bitter cold is one of the main worries while leaving them at home during extreme weather. Heat in particular can endanger your dog’s safety. Did you know that when the heat index hits 105° F, a dog might develop heat stroke? And even in 90° F conditions, can that be accomplished?
Despite rising temperatures and the natural irregularities of animal systems, pet owners used to simply set the thermostat before leaving for the day and hope for the best.
Pet safety benefits greatly from smart thermostats. These gadgets provide you complete control over your home’s temperature so you may adjust it to your pet’s exact needs. This is because your smart thermostat can be accessed from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
We surely don’t believe a pet would be in that kind of danger while we aren’t there, just as we don’t want to believe something as disastrous as a fire or carbon monoxide catastrophe would never happen to humans. But the sad reality is that these terrible events may and do occur.
Smoke detectors in our homes all make those loud, obnoxious, high-pitched noises when they detect smoke, yet they are insufficient to protect your pet from harm. Your pets won’t be able to help because a standard smoke alarm only warns occupants of a building.
But with today’s monitored smoke detectors, the fire department can now dispatch assistance right away and get in touch with you whenever there is a fire in your house. This is the ideal defence against environmental risks for pets. With a monitored carbon monoxide detector, which will immediately call for assistance at the first sign of a gas leak, carbon monoxide poisoning can also be avoided.
Security for Pets
You want your pet to feel secure when you aren’t home above all else. So how can smart security tools support pet safety and help you put your anxiety to rest?
Modern home security systems, like smart thermostats, may be the ideal solution to all of your pet’s security concerns. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to view your dogs throughout the day rather than only worry about how they are doing? You can now see a live stream of your dogs wherever you are, whenever you want, with a home security system that includes video surveillance.
When leaving your pet alone for the majority of the day, motion sensors can also be of great use. Your security system might alert your smartphone or another device that takes pictures of the disturbance if, for instance, a sensor in your home is disturbed or there is a break-in. If your pet causes mischief while you’re gone, you can quickly determine whether your home and pets are in danger from a robber or if the alarm is simply a false one.
It’s crucial to be completely aware of your home and pet as pet theft incidents continue to rise.