Are These Pet Toxins Already in Your Home?

It’s a safe bet that some—if not all—of the following pet toxins can already be found inside of your home or apartment. Scary! Luckily, your Coon Rapids, MN veterinarian is here to help. Learn more about common in-home pet toxins below.

Human Foods
There are all sorts of human foods that pets shouldn’t eat. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, shallots, grapes, raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, avocado, macadamia nuts, caffeinated foods and beverages, salt, fatty foods, and alcohol. Don’t leave anything harmful out on the countertop or table where your cat or dog may be able to access it. Instead, put it away safely in the refrigerator or a closed cabinet.

Human Medications
Were you aware that various human medications—over-the-counter pills, many prescription drugs, antidepressants, cough syrup, aspirin, and more—can prove harmful to pets who manage to swallow them? Some determined pets might be able to chew right through a child-proof plastic bottle cap! Take care not to leave medications of any kind within reach of your pet.

Cleaning Products
It’s best to keep your pet elsewhere if you’re using a cleaning chemical with harmful components or one that gives off strong fumes. Everything from bleach, floor cleaner, and furniture polish to carpet shampoo, air fresheners, and surface disinfectants can harm a pet who ingests it. Also be sure to keep your supply closet shut and locked so that your pet has no chance of getting at the products inside.

Pest-Control Products
If you use pest-control products in or around your home to ward off insect or rodent intruders, place them with caution. It’s important to bear in mind that these products are poisonous, and can harm our companion animals just as easily as the pests! Place pesticides in areas that house pets don’t go, and ask your veterinarian and a pest-control expert if any non-toxic alternatives will work.

Toxic Plant Life
There is a long list of potentially hazardous plant life for pets. Azalea, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, ivy, oleander, tulips, daffodils, lilies, the sago palm, various aloe plants, poinsettias—the list goes on and on. Consult the ASPCA’s website for a complete list of toxic plants, and remove any from your home immediately. Ask your vet what sorts of toxic plants may be common in your area.

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