Three Household Pet Toxins

Our homes are generally safer than the great outdoors, but they still pose a few potential hazards for our pets! Here, your Atlanta, GA veterinarian tells you about just three of the most common:

Toxic Food

Almost every kitchen contains a few foods that pets shouldn’t have. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, alcohol, avocado, chocolate, candy, gum, salt, fatty foods, certain nuts, and many more. Never leave these foods out on countertops where pets may be able to gain access.

Poisonous Plants

Chrysanthemums, elephant ear, certain aloe plants, the sago palm, daffodils, tulips, poinsettias, lilies, ivy, oleander—the list of potentially toxic or irritating houseplants and flowers goes on and on. Do some research online for a complete list, and talk to your vet about what varieties are most common in your area.

Human Medicine

Did you know that everything from aspirin and cough syrup to antidepressants and prescription drugs can harm a pet? Never leave human medicine bottles in open view; a pet with strong jaws may be able to chew right through a child-proof plastic cap!

Would you like more helpful advice on pet toxins in your home? Contact your animal hospital Atlanta, GA today.