Household Hazards for Your Dog

Dog owners do everything in their power to keep dogs safe — from locked fences to collars with ID tags. But what about the not-so-obvious dangers lurking around your home?

Unbeknownst to many dog owners, dangerous items in their home can easily be sniffed out by a curious pup.

In The Kitchen

  • Certain foods. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, avocados, yeast dough, milk, garlic, and most cheeses are just a few of the snacks dogs can’t indulge in. While it’s okay to keep them in your house, make sure these are out of reach from your dog’s paws.
  • Cleaning products. Most cleaning products are safe around pets, but only once they’re dry. Even when using green or all-natural cleaners, keep pets out of the room you’re cleaning until all surfaces are dry. Once you’re done, always close supplies tightly and store them in a closed cabinet.

In the Bathroom

  • Medications. Ironically, many of the medications we take to protect our health can harm a dog. Even over the counter medications should be closed tightly and kept in a medicine cabinet.
  • Potpourri. Potpourri is a staple of many homes with pets, but these colorful, scented petals could do more harm than good. If your dog sniffs out and eats potpourri, he could suffer an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach ulcers.
  • Toilet water. Toilet water is surprisingly clean, so if your dog gets into the toilet once or twice, there’s no need for alarm. But if you consistently find your dog drinking out of the toilet, it likely means he needs more water in his bowl throughout the day. Toilets can also pose a risk to a dog’s health if you clean with toxic-when-wet cleaners.

In the Yard

  • Ice melt. Especially during the winter, ice melt covers roads and sidewalks across the neighborhood. Make sure to choose non-toxic ice melt pellets for your yard. You should also wipe your dog’s feet once inside and keep Fido from licking the snow.  
  • Flowers and plants. Even plants that aren’t classified as “poisonous” can be harmful to a dog if ingested. If you’re a dog owner, keep these flowers and plants out of your garden:
    • Autumn Crocus
    • Amaryllis
    • Azalea
    • Daffodil
    • Tulips
    • Oleander

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