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Our pets excel at many things, but perhaps they are most adept at keeping us on our toes. Just when we think we understand their motivations, or anticipate their behaviors, they surprise us by going the opposite direction. We really can’t expect anything else but, well, the unexpected. 

It simply goes with the territory to recognize that there are hidden hazards for pets at nearly every moment. The more you know about all the potential risks to pet health and safety, you can not only prevent accidents but you’ll be able to seek help promptly, if needed. 

Inside the Home

Pet-proofing your home is a requirement before adoption, but it’s actually an effort that should be ongoing. Storing cleaning chemicals, picking up cords and cables, and keeping backpacks/purses off the floor can go a long way toward pet safety. In other words, you have to protect your pet from their instincts to explore, investigate, and consume. 

Hazardous Household Products

Provide an alternative location for your pet to safely relax in when cleaning the house. Set them up in a well-ventilated room far away from the area you’re cleaning. Wait until the cleaning product is dry before allowing them access. Lock these products in a container or inaccessible cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind. 

The Kitchen

Pets love the kitchen as much as we do, if not more so. The potential for dropped goodies or offered treats is just too hard to resist. It’s crucial to have very clear rules about human food. Since your pet wouldn’t know how to discern between non-toxic and toxic foods, train them not to pick up any fallen morsels. 

Never give or allow you pet the chance to sneak a taste of the following foods:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Xylitol
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Macadamia nuts

If you know or suspect that your pet ate something they shouldn’t have, please let us know

Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Some pets completely ignore houseplants or those found in the garden, until one day they answer a wild impulse to sniff and/or sample the flowers, leaves, or stalks. 

To safeguard their health and wellness, remove the following plants from your home or garden:

  • Lilies
  • Sago palm
  • Philodendron
  • Dumb cane
  • Aloe
  • Hyacinth
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Amaryllis
  • Crocus
  • Oleander

Check out this comprehensive list for more information about the risks to dogs and cats. 

What Just Happened?

Small objects, such as coin batteries, small magnets, coins, and beads can pose serious harm to pets. Be sure to conduct a sweep of your pet’s environment every day for possibly dropped or forgotten items. 

Lastly, medications, including OTC pain capsules and various prescription drugs, should never be left out on surfaces for pets to chew on. Even your pet’s meds should be carefully stowed so they do not face the risk of possible overdose. Keep these out of sight, off the floor, and be sure that trash cans are always secured. 

Uncommon Pet Hazards

There will always be odd cases of pets eating things they shouldn’t, and our team is always here to help If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s behavior, lifestyle, or environment, please reach out to us at (732) 531‑1212.