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Poison-Proof Your Home

Non-toxic substances for dogs and cats: These few are considered non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals.


  • Water based paints
  • Toilet bowl water
  • Silica gel
  • Poinsettia
  • Cat litter
  • Glue traps
  • Glow Jewelry
  • Christmas tree water


Food to avoid feeding your pet

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough


Warm weather hazards

  • Animal toxins- toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Compost piles
  • Fertilizers
  • Flea products
  • Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
  • Swimming pool treatment supplies


Pesticide Hazards- When using herbicides or insecticides in or around your home

  • Always use pesticides in accordance with label instructions
  • Keep pets away from treated areas for the label recommended amount of time
  • Store unused products in areas that will always be inaccessible to pets
  • Be aware that fly baits containing methomyl and slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde are particularly dangerous


Medication precautions

  • Keep all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of reach of your pets, preferably in closed cabinets
  • Remind guests to store their medications safely as well
  • Painkillers, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants, vitamins, and diet pills are common examples of human medication that could be potentially lethal even in small dosages
  • One regular-strength ibuprofen tablet (200mg) can cause stomach ulcers in a 10 pound dog


Cold weather hazards

  • Anti-freeze: If you think your pet has consumed anti-freeze, contact your vet right away
  • Liquid potpourris: Exposure to some types of liquid potpourris can result in sever oral, dermal and ocular damage
  • Ice melting products can be irritating to skin and mouth
  • Rat and mouse bait- place these products in areas that are inaccessible to your companion animals


Christmas Tree Hazards

  • Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach. Stagnant tree water can be breeding grounds for bacteria, which can also lead to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea, if ingested.
  • Electrical cords- Avoid animal exposure to electrical cords. If they are chewed they could electrocute your pet. Cover up or hide electrical cords and never let your pet chew on them.
  • Ribbons or tinsel can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction. This is a very common situation for kittens
  • Batteries contain corrosives, and if ingested they can cause ulceration to the mouth, tongue, and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Glass ornaments can cause internal laceration when ingested


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