Common Household Products That Are Dangerous to Your Pet

Each year thousands of dogs and cats get sick due to the accidental ingestion of common household products. It is important to understand how different substances can impact your pet so that you can take the appropriate precautions to keep your pet healthy and out of harm’s way.

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Human Medicines:

Common over-the-counter pills, dietary supplements, and other human medications can have a devastating effect on your pet. Never give your pet a medicine meant for people unless you’ve been instructed by a veterinarian. Ensure that household medication is not left in the open and is not accessible to your pet, as it can have disastrous consequences to a curious pet.

Human Food:

It is very tempting to feed your pet food from the table, but it is vital to  know which foods can be harmful  for your furry companion.

Chocolate  contains methylxanthines, which, in high doses, can cause vomiting and seizures.

Onions and garlic  destroy red blood cells in cats and dogs, leading to anemia.

Macadamia nuts  can be toxic to dogs.

Grapes and raisins  cause kidney failure in cats and dogs.

Avocados  contain a fungicidal toxin called persin, which is fatal to dogs in high doses.

Alcohol  causes serious damage to dogs and cats, possibly resulting in coma and death.

Indoor Chemicals:  Some household items present more apparent danger to your pet. Cleaning supplies and rodenticides are commonly used in households but can be deadly if ingested. Ensure that all chemicals are carefully applied and stored where your pets can’t reach them..

Outdoor Chemicals:  Fertilizers, insecticides, and garage chemicals like antifreeze are highly toxic. Keep all substances secure and inaccessible to your pets.

If your pet has ingested any of these household products or foods and you live in the Dallas area, contact  Chastain Veterinary Medical Group  immediately. Call us with any questions you may have regarding your pet care at Preston Road Animal Hospital of Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or Meadow Brook Animal Hospital of McKinney at (972) 529-5033.

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