How to Pet-Proof Your Plumbing
Sometimes pets can cause problems with household plumbing, and sometimes household plumbing can be unsafe for pets. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your plumbing is pet proof and safe both for and from Fido.
Protect Your Pipes
If your pooch likes to chew on things, exposed pipes can be a prime target. Chewing through a pipe could be dangerous to your pup and cause a lot of damage to your home. Keep all pipes at pet height covered to prevent this.
We all know that hair is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to clogging our drains. So, which members of your household are sending the most hair down the drain? It could be your pets. If you bathe any pets in the tub or sink, a lot of hair is going to come off. Make sure that you use a drain strainer when bathing your pets to keep all that fur from clogging up the drains.
If your dog likes to get dirty, clumps of mud and other bits of debris will also come off in the bath and wash down the drain. If Fido has just had a particularly muddy day, rinse him off outside in the yard first before giving him a bath in the tub or sink.
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Don’t Flush Kitty Litter. Ever.
We know kitty litter isn’t fun to deal with, but do not flush it down the toilet. Not even the kind that says it is “flushable” on the package. Even the supposedly flushable litters will not break down quickly enough and can cause clogs and other plumbing problems down the road. Instead, dispose of kitty litter in the garbage.
Don’t Let Them Drink Out of the Toilet
Cats and dogs often like to get a drink from the toilet bowl, but this is unsafe because residue from cleaning products lingers and can make them sick. Also, small dogs and cats can fall into the toilet while trying to get a drink, which can be upsetting for them and messy for you. It’s best to prevent this by getting in the habit of always keeping toilet lids closed and making sure to keep your pets’ water dishes filled at all times so they have plenty of water easily accessible to them.
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