Animal & Veterinary
Potentially Dangerous Items for Your Pet
Many edible and non-edible dangers for your pet may exist within or around your home.
What items could possibly put my pet’s health in danger?
- Some food items that people consider tasty treats may be considered dangerous for their pets. As tempting as it might be to share food with your four-legged friend, please resist! Some of the more hazardous food items include:
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- Alcohol products (beer and wine)
- Fruit/Seed pits (including corn cobs)
- Macadamia nuts
- Xylitol (a sweetener and an ingredient found in chewing gum)
- Yeast products (like raw bread dough)
- You should also be aware that other, non-edible household items may be unsafe for your pet. Examples of these are:
- Fabric softener sheets
- Ice melting products
- Liquid potpourri
- Rat and mouse bait
- Various household cleaners (including bleach and toilet bowl cleaners)
- Swimming pool chemicals
- Threats to your pet’s health can also come from outside the home. For example, some plants and flowers can be harmful to your pet. The list below describes a few of the more common plants/flowers to be aware of.
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What should I do if I think my pet has recently ingested any of the items listed above?
Please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.