Pet Toxins Already Present in Your Home

Pet Toxins Already Present in Your Home

That’s correct—the following toxins may already be inside your home, just waiting to cause your pet harm! Fortunately, it’s not difficult to prevent the danger. Here, your Flushing, MI veterinarian tells you about some common in-home pet poisons and how to keep your four-legged companion safe.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies of all sorts can cause pets harm, and poisoning is especially likely during the spring-cleaning months. Everything from household disinfectants and carpet cleaner to tile scrub and air fresheners can prove poisonous if a pet manages to swallow it. Keep pets elsewhere when using chemical products, and store cleaners safely where animals can’t reach.

Toxic Foods

Grapes, raisins, avocado, onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, macadamia nuts, salty foods, fatty items, chocolate, candy, gum, alcohol, caffeinated foods and beverages… the list of potentially harmful human foods for pets goes on and on! Never leave harmful foods on countertops or tables, where a crafty pet might be able to swipe them down. It’s best to keep your pet out of the kitchen during meal preparation and dinnertime.

Human Medicines

Did you know that antidepressants, prescription drugs, and even cough syrup or baby aspirin can poison a pet? Human medicines are not safe for our animal companions! Keep your medicine cabinet closed tightly at all times; a child-proof cap may be no match for a determined pet. It’s also best to keep your own medications separated from those of your pet so that the two don’t get mixed up.

Poisonous Plants

Many common houseplants and garden flowers can harm a pet who manages to ingest them. The list includes elephant ear, rhododendron/azalea, ivy, dieffenbachia, oleander, lilies, tulips, daffodils, various aloe plants, some types of rubber plants, poinsettias, and many more. Check with your veterinarian to see what sort of poisonous plant life is common in your area, and remove any offenders from your home or garden at once.

Pesticide Products

If you use pesticides around your home to get rid of introducing insects or rodents, place them carefully. These products are, after all, poisons! Companion animals can be seriously hurt if they swallow pesticide products, so place them in areas where house pets don’t go. You can also try non-toxic alternatives, like mechanical traps.

Does your pet need veterinary attention? Want more information on pet toxins in or around your home? Set up an appointment at your Flushing, MI animal hospital.

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