You can find many items in your cupboards, garage, garden, even your purse or backpack that are be poisonous to your pet. This gives curious cats and dogs easy access to items that can cause serious harm. In fact, we searched our database and found thousands of cases of pets poisoned by common household items. Below are some of the most common pet poison we found and what you can do to protect your pet.
Pet Poison Prevention Tips
It can happen to even the best pet owners—you turn around for one moment (or accidentally leave medication or chocolate on the counter) and your pet ingests a potentially harmful or fatal pet poison.
Pet Poison in the Kitchen Items
Many foods commonly found in the kitchen are toxic for our pets. Avoid giving your pets a taste of the following:
- Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum & some peanut butter)
- Yeast dough
Garage Pet Poison Items
Your garage, shed, basement, or cabinets can house a number of substances that wouldn’t seem appealing to a pet–but they’ll get into it anyway. Be sure to keep the following out of reach:
- Dishwashing detergent
- Household cleaners
- Rodent poison or traps
- Slug bait
- Lawn or garden chemicals
- De-icing salts
- Toxic garbage
Yard Items or in the House
Plants are everywhere, and as a pet owner, you should know which plants to keep from your pets. Lilies are especially dangerous for cats, and sago palms for dogs. Know which plants are dangerous for your pet:
- Sago palm
Many items commonly found around our homes can be dangerous to pets, including:
- Chocolate, particularly bakers and dark chocolate.
- Xylitol, the sweetener used in sugarless gums and candies, as well as some medications.
- NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and naproxen found in products like Advil and Aleve.
- Over the counter cough, cold and allergy medications.
- Rodenticides (mouse poison).
- Lilies and all plants in the Lilium species, such as Easter, Tiger and Asiatic lilies.
- Household cleaners that are concentrated, such as toilet bowl or drain cleaners.
- Flea and tick treatments that are created for use on dogs.
- Antidepressants, such as Cymbalta and Effexor.
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