Beware of These In-Home Pet Toxins

While the inside of your home may be the safest place for your pet to be, compared to the street or front yard, there are still a few hazards to be aware of. Take note of these in-home pet toxins as listed by your London veterinarian.

Cleaning Products

Just about all household cleaners contain at least one poisonous ingredient. Make sure you’re following the directions listed on all cleaning solutions, lubricants, detergents, bleaches, and sprays. Store them in their proper containers and put them somewhere pets won’t reach them. You may want to confine your pet to another room while you’re using a cleaning product.


Various human medications can spell harm for a pet if they’re accidentally swallowed. Aspirin, anti-depressants, liquid medications, and others can poison pets if they’re carelessly let out on a counter. Determined dogs can even chew through plastic bottle caps, so be sure to store all human medications in locked cabinets where pets can’t reach.

Human Food

Of course, there are various human foods probably stored in your home right now that should be kept far away from your pet. Chocolate, candy and gum, alcohol, coffee and coffee grounds, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, salty foods—the list goes on! Be sure to put these products safely away in the refrigerator or a cabinet that your pet can’t open. Contact your London veterinarian immediately if your pet does sneak a bite.


Antifreeze contains an alcoholic substance known as ethylene glycol, which is highly toxic to pets. What’s worse, ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that can easily attract a pet! Be sure to use antifreeze safely and store the product properly. Keep your pet inside while you’re using it, and clean up all spills immediately.


The poisons we sometimes use in our homes to control insect pests or rats are just that—poison. While they’re effective for killing pests, they’re also dangerous for our furry companions. Use pesticides very carefully and keep your pet far away from them, or consider alternative pest-control methods. Ask your veterinarian for further advice on this.

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