Pet Toxins You Already Have at Home

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, and the third week of the month is National Poison Prevention Week. What better time of year is there to think about some potential pet toxins you already have at home? Learn more below as your Pleasanton, CA veterinarian tells you how to keep your pet safe.

Toxic Foods

Perhaps the most common of the pet toxins you have at home is human food. There are plenty of foods that pets shouldn’t eat, including onions, garlic, scallions, shallots, grapes and raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, fatty foods, salt, all types of alcohol, and more. Keep your pet out of the kitchen when preparing meals, and store harmful foods in cabinets, containers, or the refrigerator where prying paws can’t get to them.

Toxic Plant Life

Did you know that many plants and flowers can poison cats and dogs? Lilies, dieffenbachia, rhododendron (also called azalea), philodendron, certain aloe plants, daffodils, ivy, oleander, elephant ear, and tulips are just a few common offenders. Visit the ASPCA’s website for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plant types, and ask your vet what kinds of poisonous plants are common in your area.

Cleaning Supplies

It’s not likely that your pet will seek out a cleaning chemical to drink, but it’s not worth risking. Don’t let your pet have access to the supply cabinet, and keep pets elsewhere if you’re using cleaning supplies that give off strong fumes. Store the most dangerous chemicals on the higher shelves to add an extra layer of protection.


As is the case with human patients, pets can be harmed by medicine if too much is taken at once. Even common medications like aspirin and cough syrup pose a threat! Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s medication dosages to make sure you’re administering the right amounts, and keep all medications stored safely in a cabinet or drawer where your pet can’t gain access.

Pesticide Products

Pesticide and rodenticide poisonings occur when a house pet comes across products made to kill off small rodents or insects, who might choose to invade our homes seeking warmth or shelter. That’s why it’s important to use pesticides with extreme caution! Place these items where pets can’t reach, and consider using pet-safe, non-toxic alternative methods, like traps.

Want to know more about pet toxins in your home? Call your Pleasanton, CA animal hospital today. We’re here for you!

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