No matter how cautious you are when it comes to your pet’s safety, there are a few hazards in every home. The trick is being aware and taking precautions to prevent any danger! Here, your Gresham, OR veterinary professional tells you about the most dangerous spots at home for your pet.
Plenty of human foods—onions, garlic, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, grapes and raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, alcoholic beverages, caffeine, salt, fatty foods, and much more—aren’t safe for pets, and it’s likely your kitchen contains a few of these. There are also lots of sharp edges, from knives and graters to forks and soup can lids, found in most kitchens. Don’t forget about hot surfaces like toasters, coffeepots, and stovetops that a pet may burn themselves on! All in all, it’s best to keep your pet out of the kitchen during meal preparation.
It’s likely that you store chemicals like antifreeze—a dangerous pet toxin and one that may even attract animals with its sweet smell and taste—and pesticides in the garage. There may also be sharp tools, tangles of wire or rope, and other hazards. To be safe, don’t let your pet roam around in your garage unsupervised. It’s just not worth the risk!
Your supply closet contains all sorts of substances, from carpet cleaner and furniture polish to household disinfectants and toilet bowl cleaner, that pets shouldn’t be allowed to get their paws on. Make sure to keep your supply closet sealed tightly at all times, and move your pet elsewhere if you’re cleaning with a chemical substance that gives off strong fumes.
Did you know that pets can be harmed by a wide variety of human medications? Antidepressants, prescription pills, various over-the-counter drugs, even aspirin and cough syrup—the list goes on and on. If a pet has access to the medicine cabinet, disaster could ensue; don’t make the mistake of thinking a child-proof plastic cap will stop a determined animal!
The list of potentially hazardous plants and flowers is quite long and includes lilies, rhododendron/azalea, ivy, oleander, tulips, daffodils, poinsettia plants, dieffenbachia, the sago palm, various aloe plants, and many more. Remove hazardous plant life from bouquets, floral arrangements, and your garden to be safe.
If you would like more advice on keeping your pet safe at home, call your Gresham, OR vet.