Your Home May be Toxic to Your Pet

Your Home May be Toxic to Your Pet

MARCH 1, 2022

When you get a new baby there’s a whole process of baby-proofing the home. But the same should be done when getting a new pet. March 20-26 is Pet Poison Prevention Week. We want to educate pet parents everywhere on the dangers of accidental pet poisonings and how to prevent them. 

Did you think to look around your house for things that might harm your pets? Some things might surprise you. 

According to the ASPCA, the Top 5 Pet Toxins are:

  1. Over-the-counter Medications have ranked number 1 for 3 years running. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cold and flu medicine, vitamins and supplements and joint rubs all fall within this category. Make sure you are taking them out of backpacks and purses so your pup doesn’t accidentally mistake them for a treat.
  2. Your Prescription Medications should always be in closed cabinets out of your pets reach. Veterinarians most commonly see poisonings from, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and cardiac medications.
  3. Human Foods account for 13% of 2020’s total cases. Be on the lookout for any human food that may be lying around for hungry pets to get into. Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) received most of their calls about grapes, raisins, xylitol, onions, garlic and protein and snack bars. Read our blog about foods you should keep off your pet’s menu.
  4. Chocolate is a pretty well known pet toxin. Dogs seem to love it but can get themselves into serious trouble. APCC handles almost 76 cases per day of chocolate exposure.
  5. Certain Flowers & Plants can poison our four-legged friends. Be wary of both indoor and outdoor plants. Check out our list of poisonous plants before bringing home new vegetation.

Animals are curious creatures and accidents are called accidents for a reason. Just make sure you’re keeping certain toxins out of paw’s reach. 

If you suspect your pet may have ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.