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.