Keep Your Pet Safe From Household Toxins

Keep Your Pet Safe From Household Toxins

Dogs and cats can find trouble hiding anywhere. When you have pets in the home, it’s important you keep track of toxic household items, keeping them locked away or out of your furry family member’s reach. There’s a long list of common household items that can be toxic to your pets.


Household Drugs
Many people get in the habit of leaving medications and drugs on a nightstand or dresser. Out in the open, a pet could get into pill bottles. It’s often best to keep these types of household items in a medicine cabinet. Ingestion of any medication not specified for that individual pet is reason to go see a veterinarian. The drugs listed below are some of the more dangerous substances for pets, but any ingestion of human medications should be investigated.

  • NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen) & Motrin (aspirin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Most prescription drugs meant for humans. Ingestion of any medication not specified for that individual pet is reason to go see a veterinarian. The drugs listed below are some of the more dangerous substances for pets, but any ingestion of human medications should be investigated.
  • Antidepressants such as Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac and Lexapro
  • ADD/ADHD Medications such as Concerta, Adderall and Ritalin Benzodiazepines and Sleep Aids such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien and Lunestra
  • Birth control such as estrogen, estradiol and progesterone
  • ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors such as zestril and altace
  • Beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Troprol and Coreg Thyroid hormones such as Amour dessicated thyroid and Synthroid
  • Cholesterol lowering agents such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor
  • Human supplements, nutraceuticals or herbal remedies that haven’t been recommended


Garden Items

Your garage or back patio might be covered in different types of garden items, but there are several toxic items you should keep cleaned up and away from your pets:

  • Bait traps for rodents, snails and slugs
  • Rodenticides
  • Insecticides
  • Blood Meal
  • Fertilizers


Plants

Just like many plants can cause allergic reactions in humans, there are a number of plants considered toxic for dogs or cats. Here’s a list of vegetation you won’t want to plant in your garden any time soon:

  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Hyacinth
  • Tulips
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily
  • Oleander
  • Sago Palm
  • Foxglove
  • Rhododendron
  • Compost
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt water


Household chemicals

If your pets have access to your garage or utility closet, you’ll want to make sure to keep several common chemicals out of reach. Some pet owners will have locked cabinets to store certain toxic chemicals:

  • Antifreeze
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Expandable foam insulation
  • Tar
  • Pool chemicals
  • Drain cleaners
  • Lead (lead paint chips or dust)
  • Zinc (pennies made after 1982)


Human foods

Many pet owners like to feed their dogs and cats people foods as treats or to show love. This can cause obesity in your pet by giving them too many calories. However, there are also several kitchen items that are toxic to your pet and should be kept in high cabinets or behind closed doors:

  • Sugarless products that contain xylitol (gum or other food products)
  • Chocolate
  • Foil wrappers
  • Coffee grounds, or any products with caffeine
  • Avocados
  • Fatty foods, such as fat from meat, many nuts
  • Pan drippings
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Raw meat
  • Dairy products
  • Baby food
  • Yeast dough
  • Unripe tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms


Learn More

If your pet ever eats any of the toxic items listed above, contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital. Our pet experts can help you determine if your pet is in any danger.
 
You may want to consider a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan to help protect your pet before and after an emergency. Each plan is build around your specific pet. Every plan comes with preventive care, like vaccinations and tests for serious illnesses. They also come with continuing care, including unlimited free office visits.
 
Learn more about your pet’s health in the Preventive Care section of our website.

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