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    Pet-Proofing Your Home

    February 22, 2019

    A woman with dark brown hair in a pink sweater with a yellow lab puppy

    During the excitement of bringing a new pet into their home, many new owners forget the safety risks stealthily waiting throughout their apartment or house. Ordinary objects like plants and less-thought-of dangers like allergens can quickly become serious issues. Here’s how you can pet-proof your home at the luxury apartments in Bellevue, WA.


    One of the top dangers for any new pet is your medication. Whether it’s something a doctor prescribed or simply a container of vitamins, pets have a way of knocking these bottles down and finding a way through to the contents inside.

    At the same time, dropped pills look like a tasty treat to most pets. Without you knowing what happened, your pet suddenly becomes ill and requires emergency veterinarian care. Even something as simple as a cough drop can cause health complications if your pet eats too many.

    Since their small size can’t handle higher doses designed for human consumption, the best way to pet-proof your medication is to keep them out of reach. While it might be easier to have your daily vitamins on the counter, it’s safer to store them away in a medicine cabinet.

    You should also keep any bags or purses that contain medicine off the floor. Pets can be mischievous and like to root through bags in search of delicious morsels. Keep your medicine out of sight, and out of mind.

    Electrical Cords

    It’s not something most people think about in a day, but your home is filled with wires that pose the risk of electric shock to any animal that decides they’re a chew toy. Phone chargers, computer cords, TV cables and more can all entice young animals. Even older pets might think a dangling cord is a fun toy, which is especially true for cats.

    The best way to pet-proof these items is to hide them from sight as well, but that isn’t always possible. You can also spray cord-filled areas with pet repellant, tie them together to make them more than a mouthful, or line the area with tinfoil. Fun fact: cats hate walking on tinfoil.


    • There is a large list of foods that pets simply cannot or should not eat. Anything in the onion family increases the risk of anemia, grapes and raisins are known to cause kidney failure, and xylitol (an artificial sweetener) is toxic. Both dogs and cats are at risk for these and several other item, which you can learn more about through this link.

    Since most of these items reside in your kitchen, the simplest way to ensure your pet won’t ingest any harmful foods is to ban them from that space. Gates and plexiglass are excellent ways to keep any animal out, but that isn’t always so simple in an apartment.

    When you’re dealing with open spaces and multi-use rooms, the best thing to do is keep loose food items safely stored in cabinets. A pet-proof trash can also works wonders in ensuring your furry friends don’t find a way to eat your spoiled leftovers.


    Certain plants are incredibly poisonous to dogs and cats, causing anything from kidney failure to blood clotting disorders. Here is a list of toxic plants you’ll want to keep your pets away from:

    • Philodendrons
    • Tulips
    • Hydrangea
    • Lily
    • Sago Palms
    • Mistletoe
    • Holly
    • Poinsettia
    • and Cyclamen

    When it comes to pet-proofing your plants, the easiest thing to do is remove any on the list above from your home. Ferns, orchids, and spider plants are all excellent pet-friendly alternatives.

    High Places

    Decks, balconies, and stairs can all be a challenge for certain animals. Puppies and kittens might not realize how easily they could fall, while seniors may have difficulty navigating these home obstacles due to arthritis or other age-related issues.

    A gate is the best option for stairs, while plastic netting works great for decks and balconies with open railing. Securing high windows so they only open a few inches is highly recommended for cats who might try to chase something outside, and window grilles are recommended for pets capable of bursting through traditional screens.


    Just like humans, cats and dogs are also susceptible to allergies. They may become itchy, develop hives, or experience severe reactions if the allergy is extreme. Different allergens like mold or pollen can cause respiratory issues, including asthma.

    The trick is to identify whether the pet has allergies in the first place, then determine if they are caused by indoor or outdoor allergens. Dealing with outdoor allergens is simple, all you have to do is close your windows and keep the house clean. Handling indoor allergies is a little more complicated.

    It’s recommended to purchase a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which helps minimize allergens within your home. Regularly washing your pet’s bedding and keeping plants around that improve indoor air quality are also great ways to reduce indoor allergens. Removing every allergen from your home is difficult, but working with your vet to identify what your pet is allergic to will help you make your furry friend’s life easier.

    Luxury Apartments

    Pet-proofing your home is an essential step to take before bringing a new animal into your life whether you live in the suburbs or a luxury apartment, like Hyde Square. These modern homes represent a new generation of renting opportunities in Bellevue, Washington through contemporary designs and the kind of amenities typically found in building across the water. Comfortably situated between Bellevue and Redmond, you’re right in the middle of what really matters.

    Each home within Hyde Square features the finest in modern furnishing to create an envious appeal. Vaulted ceiling and wood flooring lead to private decks, patios, and balconies with breathtaking views. Solid-surface quartz countertops blend with tiled full-height backsplash and modern, soft-close cabinetry to create stunning kitchens. Thoughtful touches like full size, front-loading, stacked washers and dryers provide easy and comfortable living.

    The community within Hyde Square offers a selection of carefully curated amenities designed to cater to modern lifestyles. Stay active in the state-of-the-art fitness center or spin and yoga studio, relax after a long day in the wellness center with indoor sauna or expansive private spa deck, and mingle with residents in the clubhouse or sky lounges with rooftop access. Start your day off right in the coffee lounge before tackling the day’s projects in the business hub, then let a comprehensive list of concierge services handle life’s little obligations.

    Sleek, connected, vibrant; Hyde Square offers a redefined sense of elevated living in the Seattle area. Welcome to what really matters. Welcome home.