• Keep toilet lids down. Puppies may play in or drink the water. They could be hurt by the lid closing on them or by ingesting toilet cleaners.

  • Cut six-pack beverage holders apart before discarding. Puppies can become entangled in them and they pose a serious choking hazard.

  • Unplug, remove or cover any electrical cords in your puppy's confinement area. This will prevent him from chewing on them.

  • Do not use an electric blanket or heating pad to line your puppy's bed. This could cause serious burns.

  • Keep all medications-prescriptions and over-the-counter medications-out of your puppy's reach.    NEVER give your puppy ANY medication without checking with your veterinarian first.

  • Make it a habit to "Puppy Check" before closing doors or leaving home to make sure your puppy has not been accidentally    locked in an unsafe area.

  • Keep sewing supplies and small hardware out of puppy's reach. Buttons, beads, needles, pins, nails, staples, screws, etc., can hurt your puppy's mouth and cause internal injuries if   he swallows them.

  • Do not put ribbons around your puppy's neck. While it may look cute, it can catch on something and choke him.

  • Make sure all candy, alcohol and chocolate are out of puppy's reach.

  • Keep antifreeze out of your puppy's reach. Try to deter your puppy from drinking out of puddles in the street or on the sidewalks    as they may contain pesticides, chemicals or other harmful materials.

If your puppy eats one of these poisonous plants, call your veterinarian immediately as well as Poison Control.

(Keep the phone number for your state's poison control center in a handy place.)

  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Caladium
  • Clematis
  • Daffodil
  • Daphne
  • Dieffenbachia
  • English Ivy
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Narcissus 
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Rubber Plant
  • Tobacco
  • Tulip
  • Weeping Fig
  • Yew 

After puppy proofing, introduce your new pet to his home by confining him to one room first-ideally, the room where he will be sleeping. Give him 20-30 minutes to explore on his own. Then join him and show him his crate, his toys, his food bowl and his water bowl. Speak quietly to your pup, sit close by him and pet and stroke him. Your puppy will soon know which special corner of the house belongs to him. Respect his right to be undisturbed while he is resting, sleeping or eating.

Remember, your puppy looks to you for direction, comfort and protection. Everything and everyone is new to him, so don't let him down!

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