The Most Common Household Dangers for Your Pet

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The Most Common Household Dangers for Your Pet

Dangers for your pet are more common than you may think. From products you keep under your kitchen sink, to everyday household items you use on a regular basis. It’s important to know what can harm your pet so that you can keep them as safe as possible. Below is a list of the most common household dangers for your pet according to the Humane Society. Use this list to rethink your household products and keep your pets safe.

  • Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven-pound cat.
  • Cocoa mulch contains ingredients that can be deadly to pets if ingested. The mulch, sold in garden supply stores, has a chocolate scent that is appetizing to some animals.
  • Chemicals used on lawns and gardens, such as fertilizer and plant food, can be easily accessible and fatal to a pet allowed in the yard unsupervised.
  • De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice are paw irritants that can be poisonous if licked off. Paws should be washed and dried as soon as the animal comes in from the snow.
  • Cans and garbage can pose a danger when cats or smaller dogs attempt to lick food from a disposed can, sometimes getting their head caught inside the can.
  • Traps and poisons Pest control companies frequently use glue traps, live traps, and poisons to kill rodents. Even if you would never use such methods to eliminate rodents, your neighbor might.
  • Insect control products, such as the insecticides used in many over-the-counter flea and tick remedies, may be toxic to companion animals.
  • Human medications, such as painkillers (including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen), cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins and diet pills can all be toxic to animals.
  • Poisonous household plants, including azalea, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), lilies, mistletoe, and philodendron.
  • Toys with movable parts—like squeaky toys or stuffed animals with plastic eyes—can pose a choking hazard to animals.
  • Rawhide dog chews may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can infect pets and humans who come in contact with the chews.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, cats, and ferrets.
  • Leftovers, such as chicken bones, might shatter and choke a cat or dog. Human foods to keep away from pets include onions and onion powder; alcoholic beverages; yeast dough; coffee grounds and beans; salt; macadamia nuts; tomato, potato and rhubarb leaves and stems; avocados.
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