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Your pet is safest inside your home, where he or she is comfortable alongside you and your family. However, there are a few potential toxins inside even the most safety-conscious pet owner’s home! Learn how to keep your pet safe in this article from a Jacksonville, FL vet.
You’re probably already aware that several human foods aren’t safe for pets to consume. The list might be longer than you think! Common offenders include chocolate, candy, gum, grapes and raisins, currants, avocado, onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, salty foods like chips or pretzels, caffeinated foods and beverages, and alcohol, among many others. Keep all foods stored safely inside containers, cabinets, or the refrigerator, rather than leaving them out on countertops where pets could sneak a morsel.
There are plenty of medications that could poison a pet who gets their paws on them. Everything from aspirin and antidepressants to cough syrup and prescription drugs could cause a dangerous overdose in dogs and cats! For safety’s sake, keep all medicines tightly locked up in the medicine cabinet where your pet can’t reach. Store Fido or Fluffy’s own medicines in a completely separate area to avoid any dangerous mix-ups.
Many plants and flowers—both indoor and outdoor varieties—can harm a pet. Oleander, the sago palm, various types of aloe plants, lilies, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, philodendron, daffodils, tulips, rhododendron (also called azalea), and ivy are just a few of the possible plants and flowers that could lead to poisoning! Check the ASPCA’s website for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants, and ask your vet what kinds of toxic varieties are particularly common in your area.
Do you use pesticide or rodenticides inside your home to ward off insects, cockroaches, small rodents, and the like? Remember that these products are poisons, designed to kill off the critters that come in contact with them. Place pesticides very carefully around your home in areas where pets won’t go. It might even be worth researching non-toxic varieties that are made to be safer for house pets!
Did you know that all kinds of cleaning products—household disinfectants, furniture polish, bleach-based products like toilet-bowl cleaners, and much more—could poison a pet who swallows them? Keep the supply closet tightly closed at all times!
For further advice on in-home pet toxins, call your Jacksonville, FL veterinary clinic.