Household Hazards for Pets


and What to Do

There are many household products that are potentially dangerous for our pets. Thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Association for this handy Guide to Household Hazards. You can find out more and learn what to do if you think your pet has gotten into anything by clicking the link. 
Houseplants are one example, and there are many. The ASPCA has a list of toxic and non-toxic plants that you can search by type of pet. Click here for that page. 
Some examples of things to watch for are:
  • Foods such as high-fat food, chocolate, avocado, grapes, yeast dough and alcohol;
  • Garbage
  • Many household cleaning products;
  • Insectides/Rodenticides/Herbicides;
  • Medications including aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, diet pills, antidepressants and prescription drugs;
  • Narcotics including marijuana;
  • Soaps, toothpaste and sunscreen;
  • Liquid potpourri;
  • Mothballs;
  • Tobacco products (see the Vaping Guide below);
  • Pennies and alkaline batteries;
  • Antifreeze
  • Paints and solvents;
  • Some household plants;
  • Small items they can swallow that could damage their digestive tracts;
  • Electrical cords;

For the full list of potential hazards, please check out the AVMA's Household Hazards Guide!


What to do if your pet is poisoned

Don’t wait! Time is critical for successfully treating accidental poisoning. Pick up the phone and call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435; a consultation fee may apply). Be prepared to provide your pet’s breed, age, weight and any symptoms. Keep the product container or plant sample with you to assist in identification so the appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.

Vaping and your pet
Not everyone realizes that smoking around pets can harm both pets and their owners. Although e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes, there are still potential dangers. 
In an effort to make vaping as safe as possible, Mig Vapor recently published a Safety Guide for pet owners who use electronic cigarettes on a daily basis. As the number of vapor cigarettes users grows, we believe this topic is unquestionably useful.