Common Household Items That Can Be Dangerous for Your Pet


Common Household Items That Can Be Dangerous for Your Pet

As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to provide a safe living environment for your pet, and this means taking steps to pet-proof your home and yard to make sure there aren’t any dangers accessible to your furry housemates.

Common Household Items That Are Dangerous for Pets

Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications

Most over-the-counter and prescription medications for humans are toxic for pets. If they aren’t toxic, they are not in the proper dosage for animals which makes them just as dangerous. Store your medications and your pet’s medications well out of their reach.

Human Foods

Several of your favorite foods are actually toxic for pets. Store human foods in a secure location and don’t leave treats unattended at parties.

Household Chemicals

Most household chemicals used for cleaning are toxic to animals. This includes disinfecting agents, laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos, and more. Keep these stored in a pet-proof location and keep your pets away from these chemicals while you are cleaning. For example, if you mop your floors, be sure they are dry before you allow your pet to walk over them.


Several popular indoor and outdoor plants are poisonous to dogs, cats, and other animals. Before bringing a houseplant into your home or choosing plants for your outdoor garden, check this list of toxic and non-toxic plants from the ASPCA.

Insecticides and Rodenticides

These household items contain chemicals that are meant to kill, so it might seem obvious that they are also poisonous to pets. However, it’s worth mentioning that these should be stored well out of the reach of your pets and also used with extreme caution in and around your home.

What to Do If Your Pet Ingest a Poisonous Substance

If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous or toxic substance, contact Animal Poison Control and immediately seek emergency veterinary care.


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