Common Household Pet Toxins

Common Household Pet Toxins

March is Poison Prevention Month. Are you aware that your home most likely already contains a few—if not all—of the following pet toxins? Read on as your Lafayette veterinarian tells you more.

Human Food

Your kitchen is a pet-toxin hotspot. Various foods, including onions, garlic, avocado, grapes, raisins, coffee grounds, fatty foods, salt, chocolate, and candy are all very dangerous for pets. Alcohol is equally deadly; it affects pets the same way if affects us, but it takes far less to do serious organ damage. Never leave any of these substances sitting out on countertops or the kitchen table where pets could gain access.


Do you use pesticides or rodenticides in your home to ward off pests? These products are great at killing off pesky intruders, but they can also prove quite dangerous for our household animals. After all, they’re pure poison! Be sure to use pesticides with extreme caution, and place them in areas that pets aren’t likely to go.

Cleaning Products

The supply closet is another in-home hotspot to watch out for. Everything from bleaches, ammonia, and household cleaners to polishes, solvents, and even air fresheners could potentially poison a pet. Put your pet in another room while using chemical cleaners, and keep dangerous cleaning products on the top shelf of locked cabinets or closets.

Human Medications

Don’t let your cat or dog anywhere near your medicine cabinet. Various human medications—basic aspirin, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicine, antidepressants, and more—are extremely hazardous for pets, especially in large doses. If a pet sets their mind to it, they may be able to chew right through a plastic medicine bottle! Keep all medications stored in locked cabinets.

Never store your family’s medications in the same cabinet as your pet’s. Getting the two mixed up can prove disastrous! It’s safest to store human medications and pet medicine in two completely separate areas.

Toxic Houseplants

The list of potentially toxic house and garden plants is quite long. A few common offenders include the chrysanthemum, sago palm, most species of lilies, the rubber plant, tulips, and aloe plants. Make sure all plant life in your house is safe to keep around pets.

Consult your Lafayette veterinarian to find out about potentially toxic plants that are common in your area, and ask about other household poisons you may already have in your home.

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