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Poison Prevention for Dogs and Cats

Pet Poison Prevention WeekA house is filled with items that may be toxic for your pet if they ingest something they shouldn’t. The first step to prevent accidental poisoning is to be aware of what household items are dangerous to your pet. Help ensure your pet’s safety by making sure these most common toxins are out of your pet’s reach.

Household Cleaning Products

Make sure cleaning products are kept away from animals and watched during use. Removing a pet from the room you are cleaning can give peace of mind that they won’t get into the products while you’re hard at work. If you use a cleaning product to clean a pet’s crate, toys, bowls, etc. make sure it is properly diluted, everything is rinsed thoroughly and air dried. Immediately after cleaning, chemicals should be properly disposed of or put away.

Human Medications and Cosmetics

Medications and cosmetics should be stored in a cabinet or a closed off bathroom. Some common toxic medications and cosmetics include anti-inflammatory drugs, ADD drugs, nasal decongestants, mosquito repellent, breath fresheners and soaps.

Plants

When dealing with a plant that is toxic to cats and dogs it is best to keep the plant locked in a room that the pet doesn’t go in. House plants poisonous to both cats and dogs are emerald ferns, elephant ears, lilies, jade plants and aloe plants. Make sure to research plants before bringing them into the home.

Human Food

Sometimes it’s impossible to resist those begging eyes and we cave to feeding table scraps. The following list includes some of the most toxic foods for pets. 

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Raw Eggs
  • Raw meat
  • Salty foods
  • Yeast Dough

If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, contact your vet immediately.