Keep Your Pet Safe: 5 Household Pet Hazards To Avoid

As a pet owner, you probably do everything you can to keep your pet safe around the house. But sometimes there are small, easy-to-miss things that can land your pet in the hospital. Read on to learn five common pet hazards to avoid now to keep your pet happy and healthy as long as possible.

What are some common household pet hazards?

Here are five pet hazards to avoid in your house:

  1. Cocoa mulch: When you’re working in your yard, avoid using cocoa mulch. This specific type of mulch, sold in garden supply stores, contains ingredients that can be deadly to pets. It offers a chocolate scent that’s appetizing to some animals, but, if ingested, it can seriously harm or kill an animal.
  2. Human medications, such as pain killers: This includes aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins and diet pills, which can all be toxic to animals. Be sure to keep all medicine up and out of your pet’s reach.
  3. Poisonous household plants: This includes azaleas, lilies, mistletoe, poinsettias and many more. Check the Humane Society’s website for a full list of poisonous plants before you bring them home.
  4. Rawhide dog chews: Your dog may enjoy chewing on these, but they can actually be contaminated with Salmonella, which can infect pets and humans who come in contact with the chews. In addition, rawhide dog chews pose a choking hazard, so it’s a good idea to avoid them altogether.
  5. Many human foods: Chicken bones, for example, can shatter and choke a cat or dog. Other human foods to keep away from pets include onions and onion powder, alcoholic beverages, yeast dough, coffee grounds and beans, salt, macadamia nuts, tomato, potato and rhubarb leaves and stems, avocados and grapes.

If you miss a hazard and your pet’s in trouble…

If all of your precautions fail and your pet is in trouble, please call us immediately. Signs of poisoning in a pet include listlessness, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, lack of coordination and fever.

At the Emergency Pet Hospital of Redlands, we’re proud to serve pet owners of Redlands and the Inland Empire. If your pet needs help at any hour of the night, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call any time at 909-793-5999 or come see us at 2072 West Redlands Boulevard (Suite B) in Redlands, California.

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