Does Your Home Already Contain These Pet Poisons?

Does Your Home Already Contain These Pet Poisons?

Even the most safety-conscious pet owner probably already has a few pet toxins in their home—including you! Fortunately, once you’re aware of the problem, you can take simple steps to keep your pet safe. Your Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian tells you more below:

Toxic Foods

Of course, there are plenty of human foods that pets shouldn’t have. The list includes chocolate and candy (a particular danger with Halloween approaching!), onions, garlic, avocado, grapes and raisins, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, fatty foods, salty snacks like potato chips or pretzels, and alcohol of any kind. Ask your vet for a full list of toxic foods for pets, and store all harmful items inside closed cabinets, containers, or the refrigerator.

Pesticide Products

Do you use pesticide products inside your home, or outdoors in the garden or lawn, to ward off insect or rodent pests? Remember that these products are poisonous, designed to kill what comes into contact with them. It’s entirely possible that they’ll harm a companion animal as well as a pest intruder! Place pesticides carefully where pets can’t reach, and consider using non-toxic options that are safe for pets.

Cleaning Supplies

All sorts of cleaning supplies can harm a pet. While it’s not likely that your pet will seek out a cleaning chemical to drink, they might attempt to lick up spills, and they can be affected by strong fumes. Move pets elsewhere if you’re using a strong chemical that gives off fumes, and store cleaning products inside a closed and locked supply cabinet where pets can’t gain access.

Poisonous Plants

There is a long list of poisonous plants and flowers that can harm our beloved pets. Some of the more common offenders include lilies, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, philodendron, rhododendron (also called azalea), tulips, daffodils, ivy, the sago palm, oleander, and various types of aloe plants. Examine the ASPCA’s full list of toxic and non-toxic plants, and remove any harmful plant life from your home or landscaping right away.


Did you know that plenty of medications—aspirin, cough syrup, antidepressants, prescription drugs, and much more—can cause toxic reactions if a pet ingests them? Keep your medicine cabinet shut tightly, and store your pet’s own medications separately from your family’s medicines.

River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, is here to help with all of your most important pet-care needs. Schedule your next office appointment today!

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