Your garage keeps your car safe. It protects lawn and sports equipment from thieves. It also provides shelter and storage for old clothes family heirlooms, and camping equipment. But how safe is it for pets? I remember when my first childhood pet, the cutest Persian kitten, was tragically crushed by our garage door. It was a horrible experience I hope your family never has to suffer. Here are 5 tips for making your garage a safe and healthy environment for pets.
Always Safely Store Antifreeze
Antifreeze tastes like candy to dogs but will kill them if ingested. A few teaspoons can be deadly. To protect against leaking bottles, always store antifreeze in a cabinet safe from your pets. Be careful of any spills. Always mix antifreeze with water away from the garage, ideally on a gravel or lawn surface. Use a hose to wash away any splashes or spills.
A Warm Car Feels Like a Cozy Blanket to a Cat
The warm engine of a recently parked car can feel like the warmest, comfiest quilt to a cat or kitten. If they decide to take a snug little nap, they could get snagged in the engine or wheels when you start the car. Make a habit of banging on the hood and areas around the wheels whenever you leave.
Take Care of Mouse Traps and Poison
It’s not uncommon to have mouse, rat or other rodent infestations in a garage. Many people turn to traps or poison to eradicate the nuisance. Be careful where you leave the poison or traps. A trap baited with peanut butter might be too tempting to Buffy.
How Old Is Your Garage Door?
If you have a garage door that’s older than 1993, you might want to consider installing a new one. Garage doors made after the early ‘90s are required to have safety features that prevents them from closing if an object, pet or person is in the way. Today’s doors are equipped with photo eyes that use lasers to check if the garage entryway is cleared before the door can close.
Pets take time to make up their minds. A closing garage door may be their last chance at the outdoors, and they may make a break for it. An older door could crush or kill them. A newer door will stop automatically when they run under.
Establish a Safe Pet Zone
If you keep your dog in an area of the garage while you’re at work, establish a barrier system that contains them. Make sure that the area is free of potential poisons and other dangers. Put in a comfy bed, their favorite food, and make sure they have plenty of water. It’s also not a bad idea to install a pet door within your garage door, so they can come and go as they please.