As a fairly new dog mom to my little, demonic Prince of Darkness, Captain, I think it’s important to know how to pet proof the plumbing in your home properly. Luckily or unluckily for me, the jury is still out, Captain prefers to chomp on human limbs instead of pipes, but I know there are some furry friends out there who see pipes as personal chew toys and toilet bowls as their personal water fountains. Here are some tips to not only protect the lifespan of your pipes, but to keep your plumbing and your pet safe.
PUT THE TOILET LID DOWN, NOW *Arnold Schwarzenegger voice*
I can honestly say I’ve never caught my dog in the act of drinking a commode cocktail, but who knows what he gets into when I’m not home. Dogs are notorious for getting into things they shouldn’t and what’s more inticing than a big, porceline bowl full of water? By drinking toilet bowl water, they run the risk of ingesting harmful chemicals and cleaners. Bleach cleaners can leave residue, which overtime can affect your pets health.
SCRUB A DUBDUB
While there’s nothing cuter than a little fuzzball in the bathtub, your pipes will most definetly suffer the brunt of bath time. Allowing clumps of fur and dirt to go down the drain can cause serious damage to your plumbing overtime. A drain cover may work from smaller breeds, but we suggest you take the big doggos outside for bath time. Having said all this I’m pretty sure I shed more hair than my dog sooo those in glass houses?
Did you know your sewage pipes are only 18 inches or so underground? If you have a determined digger on your hands your dog can unearth a vital aspect of your plumbing. Teeth and claws meeting your steel pipes can cause major damage for both parties involved. A sewer line replacement and a trip to the vet will cost you a pretty penny. Watch out for those diggers!
To keep your furry friends happy and healthy use these quick tips to make your home a safe place to roam. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go hug my dog for the remainder of the day.