When you choose to bring a pet into your home, you make a commitment to helping them be as happy and healthy as possible. One of the ways in which you can do this is to ensure that you keep your pet safe. This is important because in some ways, animals are a lot like children - naturally curious and wanting to explore everything new that they come across. While they may be able to identify and respond appropriately to obvious threats, those hazards that are most subtle may get overlooked. Therefore, as responsible and caring owners, it is our job to supervise and guide our pet to keep her safe.
While your home may seem like the safest place on earth, there are many hidden dangers that could put the health of your pet at risk. As part of Poison Prevention Awareness Month, we are committed to helping the humans of our very important animal clients understand the pet poison risks that may be lurking in your home.
Pet Poison Risks in Your Kitchen
The kitchen is a hotspot for potential poisons. Many of us store and use a range of different products in the hub of our home, including dishwasher and laundry detergent, bleach, antibacterial wipes and other cleaning commodities.
Another hazard that is often overlooked is human sustenance. While there are some snacks and meals that you can safely share with your furbaby, plenty of human foods and drinks are actually toxic to animals, including:
- Food containing onion, garlic or chive
- Food containing grapes or raisins
- Produce high in salt
- Fruits containing pits and seeds
For a complete list of produce that is toxic to pets, feel free to get in touch with our team.
To help prevent your pet from becoming unwell from poisonous hazards in your kitchen, ensure that all cleaning items are put away in locked or out of reach cupboards, and that no food is left out where it may tempt your pet. This includes emptying plates immediately and ensuring no food items are left in accessible bags and purses.
Pet Poison Risks in your Bathroom
The bathroom is another high-risk area of your home when it comes to pet poisons. This is because many of us keep our medications in this room of the house. Any medications that you have, whether for humans or animals, should be locked securely away regardless of which room they are kept in.
Other bathroom items that pose a risk to your pet include toothpaste and mouthwash, shower gel and shampoo and any bleach or other cleaning products you may store there. You should also make sure that you keep the toilet lid down when is it not in use. Some pets are quite happy to drink from the toilet, and this could make them unwell, particularly if you use antibacterial and cleaning solutions in the tank or bowl.
Pet Poison Risks in other areas of your Home
While the kitchen and bathroom tend to pose the highest risks of exposure to toxic substances, there are plenty of other hazards to watch out for in other areas of your property. These include:
- Some types of plants and flowers
- Pesticides, including insecticides and rodenticides
- Engine oil
- Washer fluid
Again, any items that may potentially be poisonous for your pet should be locked away, and any spillages of substances such as anti-freeze or engine oil should be cleared up right away. In the case of toxic plants and flowers, try and avoid using these in your home and yard. If it is not possible to avoid them completely, make sure you keep a close eye on your furbaby when she is outdoors to make sure she isn’t eating something she shouldn’t be!
If you would like further advice on poison prevention in your home or would like to access any of our veterinary services, our friendly and knowledgeable team would love to help. Contact Heartland Animal Hospital for further advice.