If you're like many homeowners, your garage is used as much for storage as to house your car (if not more). Much of what is kept in the garage is used for lawn or home maintenance. For the Chihuahua, the garage may be an exciting place to run about and explore; however, it is also full of potential dangers.
One danger is that of falling objects. Paint cans stacked on lower shelves, bikes leaning precariously against the wall, and tools such as shovels, trimmers, and trowels can easily injure a Chihuahua, even if they only fall a few inches. If you allow your Chihuahua to keep you company while you dig in your garage for a lawn implement or try to find a touch-up can of paint, be aware of where she is at all times.
Other hazards that are common to garages are chemicals. Fertilizers, swimming pool or spa treatment supplies, ice-melting products, pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are just a few items that can make your Chi very ill or even kill her in tiny amounts. Keep these items safely stowed in tightly sealed containers, or prevent your Chi from having access to your garage.
Is it true that antifreeze is poisonous?
Absolutely. And it's poisonous in very minute amounts. Compounding the problem is that dogs find the taste appealing; antifreeze is very sweet to them. If you spill antifreeze in the garage clean it up immediately. You might also consider purchasing nontoxic antifreeze to use in your car.