Household Pet Toxins

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month. What better time to take a look at some of the most common household pet toxins and learn how to keep your companion safe? Below, your Carrollton, GA vet tells you about a few toxins you might already have at home, and how to make sure your pet doesn’t fall victim.


Pesticide and rodenticide products work well to ward off intruding insects or small rodents that invade our homes seeking shelter or warmth. However, these products are poisons, designed to kill the creatures who come in contact with them. Don’t allow your dog or cat to access pesticide products! Place them carefully, and consider non-toxic options to be safe.

Human Foods

There are all kinds of human foods that pets shouldn’t eat. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, leeks, shallots, scallions, chocolate, candy, gum, grapes and raisins, salt, fatty foods, certain nuts, and much more. Alcohol is also very dangerous and can lead to serious episodes of poisoning. Keep all hazardous foods stored properly in cabinets, containers, or the refrigerator so pets can’t get their paws on them, and keep Fido or Fluffy out of the kitchen when preparing meals.


Medications like aspirin, cough syrup, antidepressants, a variety of prescription pills and over-the-counter medicines, and much more can all poison a pet who ingests too much. NSAIDs, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are particularly common and dangerous for pets. To be safe, keep any and all medications locked away in the medicine cabinet, and store your pet’s own medications separately from those meant for humans.

Cleaning Supplies

Just about any household cleaning product could prove harmful to a pet if they were to ingest it. Everything from toilet bowl cleaner and furniture polish to carpet shampoo and surface disinfectant poses a threat! It’s safest to keep pets in another room entirely when cleaning with chemicals. Store all household cleaners on the top shelves of the supply closet where pets won’t be able to reach.

Toxic Plant Life

There is a long list of potentially hazardous plants and flowers for pets. Consult the ASPCA’s site for a full list, and ask your vet what toxic plants are found in your area. Some common offenders include philodendron, rhododendron, lilies, dieffenbachia, ivy, oleander, tulips, daffodils, and the sago palm.

Does your pet need vaccinations, pest-control medication, or a veterinary examination? Call your Carrollton, GA vet clinic, serving the Villa Rica area, today.

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