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Household Hazards: Common Dangers That Can Threaten Your Pet’s Health

Avoiding Household Hazards

Pets are curious creatures that can get into all kinds of mischief, including finding hidden dangers around the house. As a pet owner, it is essential to know what hazards may be lurking in your home. The following are the most common household items that could pose a threat to your furry or feathered friends.


Dangerous Foods

Not all people food is right for your dog or cat to ingest. Obvious things like chicken bones that could shatter and choke a small animal should be disposed of properly, and alcoholic drinks should never be where a pet can drink them. Onions and onion powder, as well as yeast dough, salt, grapes, coffee beans, and coffee grounds, are also poisonous to pets. Yes, chocolate is bad for your dog; it’s not a myth. Make sure to be giving your pets only the best foods, formulated for their nutritional needs.


Fire Hazards

Never leave a lit candle unattended, especially when there are pets in the house. Cats can creep past almost anything, but an open flame can quickly catch their fur on fire. Consider a flameless candle instead. Take care of all electrical cords. Pets can chew through them which will expose wires that can cause fires or electrocute the animal.



Chemicals are used for a variety of purposes around the house, but they can be deadly to pets. Avoid fertilizer and plant food when there are animals in the house. Antifreeze with ethylene glycol is lethal, but it has a sweet taste that attracts cats and dogs. Even non-stick cookware and self-cleaning ovens give off fumes that can harm birds.


Human Medications

Medications should be kept out of reach from pets just like with children. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin are all deadly when ingested by pets. Even cold medicines and diet pills need to be locked away. Tubes containing creams and ointments can become a tempting item to chew open. Have a designated cupboard for all OTC and prescribed medication. Immediately pick up any that spill, and account for all that you did not take yourself.


Once you are aware of the items that are hazardous to pets, you will be able to go through your home and make sure these dangers are kept well out of reach from your fury and feathered friends. Also, you should have your regular veterinarian’s and an emergency veterinarian’s phone number on hand just in case an accident were to happen.