Common Household Hazards for Pets

 “I think having an animal in your life makes you a better human.” Rachael Ray


Pets spend most of their time inside the house and as a loving pet owner, you want to keep them safe and healthy always. However, cats and dogs can sometimes be very curious, they sniff and bite whatever piqued their curiosity which can get them into trouble. Knowing these possible dangers will help you “pet-proof" your house and keep them out of harm’s way. Here are common household hazards for pets: 

Hazardous Foods - Sometimes we consume unhealthy foods that give us little to no harm when taken in moderation. This is not the same for pets. Unlike us, pets have an extreme reaction to foods that are toxic to them. Some are even fatal. 


Chocolate tops the list. It’s widely known that chocolate is harmful to cats and dogs. It contains theobromine and caffeine that when ingested could lead to toxicosis and cause your pet to have seizures or die. 



Coffee, just like chocolate, also contains caffeine and also have the same harmful effect on pets. 


Grapes and Raisins 

Eating grapes and its dried version, raisins,  can cause kidney failure. It may be a healthy snack for you but for them it’s deadly.  



Persin, a toxin found in avocado can cause vomiting and diarrhea when ingested by pets. 


Garlic and Onion 

Thiosulphate, a substance found in both garlic and onion is toxic to pets. Dogs and cats are unable to digest this substance properly and the accumulation of thiosulfate can irritate the digestive tract and could damage red blood cells.


Raw Meat

Raw meat can sometimes contain salmonella and other harmful bacteria that can cause all sorts of problems. If you want to treat your pet to some meat, cook it first. 


Chicken Bones 

You may think that you can give them bones but bones can break into little sharp objects that can cause choking and other kinds of harm. Actually, any kind of cooked bone becomes brittle and harmful to pets. 


Cooked and Uncooked Fat Trimmings 

Whether it’s cooked or uncooked, fat trimmings are bad for both cats and dogs. They have difficulty in digesting fat trimmings and this can lead to renal failure and pancreatitis. 



Alcohol can do more damage to pets than it does to humans and quicker too. It can cause kidney damage, acidosis, brain damage, heart failure, and brain damage. 



Xylitol is a sweetener that is very toxic to pets. Just a little amount can cause them to have hypoglycemia that could lead to liver failure. Xylitol is commonly found in chewing gums, toothpaste, baked goods, and candies.  


Hazardous Medicines  - Human medicines should not be given to animals unless the vet prescribed you to do so. Even human supplements that are considered safe can be very toxic to pets. Make sure that medicines are kept safe and out of reach. 


Hazardous Chemicals - Chemicals can have a devastating effect on your pet’s health. Make sure that these are safely hidden in places your pet can’t reach. 

  • Insecticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Cleaning products
  • Antifreeze
  • Heavy metals
  • Detergents
  • De-icing salts
  • Bleach


Hazardous Plants -  Plants may look attractive but there are many plants that are toxic to pets. Choose plants that are pet-friendly. You can go here to see which plants are toxic and non-toxic but you can check out some common toxic plants below:   

  • African Violet
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Bromeliads
  • Hyacinth
  • Lilies
  • Tulips
  • Zinnia 


Hazardous Objects - there are objects laying around in the house that can cause possible harm to your pet. These objects can injure their eyes, mouth, paws body, and if swallowed, can make them sick or damage their internal organs. Here are some objects that can be harmful to them: 

  • Batteries
  • Buttons
  • Coins 
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental floss
  • Jewelry
  • Nylon strings
  • Pins
  • Rubber bands
  • Yarns


Pet-proofing your house can seem to be a lot of hard work but the peace of mind you’ll have in knowing that your little furry baby is safe and secure is priceless.  


You might also be interested to read 10 Cat Breeds That Look Like Kittens Forever and 10 Dog Breeds That Still Look Young Even When They Grow Old.

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