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Beware of Pet Poisons at Home

Part of maintaining your pet’s safety is having them keep their distance from toxins. Did you know that most typical homes already contain several pet poisons? Learn more below from a Georgian Bay, ON veterinarian:

Toxic Foods

Your kitchen likely contains at least a few foods that aren’t safe for pets. Onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, avocado, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, candy, gum, macadamia nuts, caffeine, salty foods, fatty items… the list goes on and on! To be safe, don’t leave harmful foods out on countertops or the kitchen table, and keep your pet elsewhere when preparing meals.

Human Medicine

Everything from cough syrup and aspirin to prescription pills and antidepressants can harm a pet who manages to ingest them. Keep your medicine cabinet sealed up tight at all times—a child-proof plastic cap may be no match for your pet’s jaws. In addition, it’s best to keep your own medications separated from those of your pets. Accidentally getting them mixed up could prove quite dangerous!

Cleaning Supplies

Of course, you don’t want your pet ingesting most common cleaning products. Things like bleach, carpet shampoo, furniture polish, glass cleaner, stain removers, and even household disinfectants can poison an animal who consumes them! Never allow your pet access to the supply closet; keep it shut when you’re not using the products inside. If you’re cleaning with a product that gives off strong fumes, it’s safest to keep your pet elsewhere for the time being.

Pesticide Products

If you set up pesticides or rodenticides throughout your home to ward off insect or rodent intruders, use caution. These products are, after all, poisons made to kill the critters who come in contact with them. Our pets can also be harmed! Place pesticides in out-of-the-way areas where pets won’t go, and consider non-toxic alternative options. Talk to your vet for more information.

Poisonous Plant Life

There is a long list of potentially harmful plants and flowers, including dieffenbachia, oleander, ivy, azalea/rhododendron, lilies, tulips, daffodils, the sago palm, poinsettias, and many more. Do some research online to find out about more poisonous plants, including which ones are most common around your area. This way, you can take steps to remove any offending plant life as soon as possible!

Would you like more advice on keeping your pet safe from toxins in your home? We’re here for you! Call your Georgian Bay, ON animal hospital today.

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