Things You Didn’t Know Could Harm Your Pet

We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs.  But were you aware of the host of other items that can be harmful to your pet?  Take a minute to read the following list – you just might be surprised at the dangers lurking in your home.  According to the ASPCA, of the 167,000 poisoning cases handled by the Animal Poison Control Center, the Number 1 culprit was human medications!!

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Ibuprofen
Acetaminophen
Detergents
Fabric Softener
Drain Cleaners
Disenfectants
Bleach
Paint Thinner
Mothballs
Potpourri
 
HARMFUL FOODS
Chocolate
Gum (particularly gum containing Xylitol, an artificial sweetener)
Grapes
Raisins
Macadamia Nuts
Avocados
Onions
Garlic
Tea Leaves
Coffee
Raw Yeast Dough
Spoiled Foods
Fatty Foods
 
COMMON PLANTS
Aloe
Azalea
Buckeye
Calla Lily
Clematis
Daffodil
Daylily
Dieffenbachia
Easter Lily
Ferns
Honeysuckle
Hydrangea
Iris
Morning Glory
Oleander
Peace Lily
Rhododendron
Tulip
Wisteria
Yucca
 
OUTSIDE THE HOME
Antifreeze/Coolant
Gasoline
Pesticides
Fertilizer
Oil
 
 
 
 
 
Take a few preventative steps to prevent your pet from coming into contact with toxic items: remove toxic plants from arrangements/yard area, keep all chemicals out of reach and locked away, empty the trashcan frequently and keep the trash can behind a cupboard.  Small steps such as these can keep your pet safe and healthy.

If you are concerned that your pet may have ingested something toxic, please call Animal Poison Control at 1-800-548-2423.