As pet owners, we strive to provide a safe and loving environment for our furry companions. However, many household items and medications that are safe for humans can pose serious threats to our pets. In this guide, we’ll explore common substances that can be harmful to your pets and discuss preventive measures to keep them out of harm’s way
Human Prescription Medications:
Human prescription medications are a leading cause of pet poisoning, with cardiac medications being the most commonly ingested. To safeguard your pets:
Store and take medications away from pets.
Keep medication bottles out of reach.
Store pet and human medications separately.
Human medications such as these can be very dangerous for your pets:
ADD and ADHD medications
Blood pressure medications
While insecticides have become safer, improper use can still harm pets. Follow these guidelines:
Read and follow the label instructions.
Never use dog-specific insecticides on cats.
Be aware of taste reactions in cats and offer food to remove the bad taste.
Over-the-Counter Human Products:
Many pet owners underestimate the dangers of over-the-counter medications. Remember:
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be lethal to pets.
Consult a veterinarian before giving any human products to your pet.
Chewable medications can be a double-edged sword. Take precautions:
Keep pet medications out of reach.
Separate pets during pill administration.
Common household items, such as cleaning products, can be toxic. Pet-proof your home with:
Crate training, cabinet locks, and baby gates.
Follow the NSPCA’s Poison Safe Home checklist.
Human Foods (Other Than Chocolate):
Some human foods are toxic to pets. Be cautious with:
Xylitol in sugar-free products.
Grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocados, and moldy food.
Consult the ASPCA’s People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets list.
Chocolate remains a significant threat. Remember:
Darker chocolate poses a higher risk.
Watch for signs of chocolate toxicosis in dogs.
Certain plants can be harmful. Educate yourself about toxic plants:
Lilies and sago palms are particularly dangerous.
Check the ASPCA’s 17 Poisonous Plants list.
Rodenticides and Pesticides in your garden:
Rodenticides and pesticides can be deadly for pets. Take precautions:
Be cautious when setting out bait or spraying pesticides in your home environment
Keep rodenticide and pesticide labels for reference
Tasty fertilisers may cause gastrointestinal signs.
Be aware of toxic products in snail and slug bait.
Preventing pet poisonings requires awareness and proactive measures. Educate yourself about potential hazards, share this information with fellow pet owners. By pet-proofing your home and staying informed, you can provide a safer and healthier environment for your beloved pets
In the event that your pet has swallowed any harmful substance – please contact your Vet immediately. Poison treatment kits are also available from the Nigel SPCA, which can assist your pet and give you time to get to your Vet.