Common Household Toxins for Pets

March is National Poisoning Awareness Month, and with spring cleaning approaching, now is the time to ensure the safety of your best pal.

Here are some common household items that pose a risk to your pet:

  • Acetaminophen, found in many pain medications, can cause liver damage, anemia, and even death. Especially toxic to cats.
  • Batteries, Detergents and Fabric Softener Sheets can cause ulcers when ingested.
  • Cannabis products containing THC - while CBD products are incredibly beneficial to dogs and cats, even a small amount of THC can poison your pet. Keep all products up and away from pets, especially items with concentrated levels of THC, like edibles or oils. Symptoms include stumbling, incontinence, seizures, lethargy, vomiting, and coma.
  • Ethylene Glycol, which is found in antifreeze, windshield de-icing agents and motor oils, tastes sweet and is often ingested by pets or wildlife. Animals that have ingested ethylene glycol act ‘drunk’ initially, but soon succumb to kidney failure. If youmust purchase anti freeze, buy propylene glycol, which is safer if ingested.
  • Fertilizers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides. Keep pets away from treated lawns until the fertilizer is dry or rinsed into the soil.
  • Household cleaners, such as bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet bowl cleaner are very toxic. Switch to white vinegar or more eco-friendly cleaners that are plant-based to reduce poisoning risk.
  • Insecticides, like ant killer, or other bug killers can be very toxic if pets are exposed. Even flea and tick products that are meant for dogs can cause severe toxicity in cats, leading to signs such as vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing. We recommend natural insecticides like Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Spray, made from clove and peppermint oil, and thoroughly reading package information before using any flea or tick products.
  • Kerosene, Gasoline and Tiki Torch Fluids
  • Lily Plants are incredibly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure.
  • Mothballs, especially if they contain naphthalene (also toxic to humans)
  • Nonprescription medications, such as ibuprofen, can lead to severe ulcers and anemia, as well as liver and kidney failure in pets.
  • Prescription medications, such as antidepressants and ADHD and cardiac drugs
  • Rodenticides - instead, use peppermint oil to deter rodents from your home.
  • Tobacco can be toxic to both dogs and cats. Ingestion of nicotine in the tobacco plant or in cigarettes or patches can lead to vomiting, tremors, collapse and death.
  • Yarn, Dental Floss, String, or Ribbon made from indigestible materials can become lodged within the digestive tract and cause intestinal bunching and severe infections. Always supervise your pets’ playtime.

A quick search of your home for these toxins and securing them may one day save your pet’s life!

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