Moving into a home is a big commitment. Whether it is a new or older home, you want to be sure your new place to live is safe and healthy for the family, including your pets. A home inspection may be a good option when it comes to the health of your family. Some concerns may be paint, mold, clutter, toxins, exposed chemicals and more that can affect all who will dwell in the home, including your inquisitive dog or cat. In order to guarantee a healthy and happy family and pets, contact a local Rockford-area home inspector as listed at the end of this article, or one closest to your home.
Most homes that have been built prior to the late 1970s can present problems with lead-based paints, asbestos concerns, mold and mildew. When it comes to the pets, if you noticed the dog or cat scratching excessively after a new move, it may be due to allergies from mold and mildew in your home. A pet can also suffer from toxicity to lead-based paint and paint chips or dusts. Such toxicity can cause health problems such as gastrointestinal disorders, anemia and nervous system conditions. The newer the home, the safer it is from these types of problems.
When asking for a home inspection, be sure they perform a Radon test for any type of odorless gases that may be present without knowledge. Such problems can present cancerous health conditions for your family and pets. Most specialized home inspectors follow specific regulations to guarantee a healthy home environment.
Inspections should also include parasite protection. Parasites can be a huge problem for family and pets and sometimes it will require professionals to check deep within walls and foundation for unwelcome guests. For your health and that of your pets, an exterminator may be necessary when first moving to unfamiliar walls, including the yard where your dog may frequent.
Many other home inspections lie on you as the home and pet owner. Pet proof your home from all toxins, cleaners and chemicals so that everything of that nature is kept in a locked cabinet. That includes keeping all medications out of the reach of all pets and secured.
Trash can be extremely hazardous for pets, especially dogs, and should be tossed in tall, locked trash containers. You need to also monitor pets from the dangers of the garage where such things like car oil, antifreeze, fertilizers and other toxins are present. That includes inspection of your hard for toxic plants, fencing and possible escape areas. If you must, provide a small safe area where you can securely protect your dog in the yard, and know there are no dangers in that vicinity.
A full home and yard inspection, followed by any recommended renovations are necessary in providing a safe, happy and healthy environment for the family and pets. A little preventative and preparation can go a long way for a happy, healthy family life for you and your pets.
For home inspections in or near Rockford, Illinois, go to:
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
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