Pet Toxins Already Inside Your Home

You read that correctly—you almost certainly already have pet toxins inside your house! Don’t call the exterminators or fumigate the living room just yet, though. Learn more below from your Brighton veterinarian.

Human Medications

Did you know that aspirin, antidepressants, prescription pills, and over-the-counter medications can all be extremely dangerous for pets? Store all human medicine in a locket cabinet or closet where a pet can’t reach, and don’t assume a pet can’t chew through plastic bottle caps. Also be sure to keep all human and pet medications separate—mixing the two up accidentally could prove deadly!


Don’t forget that the products we use inside our homes to kill off bugs and rodents are made of poison. The products are still poisonous when a pet gets ahold of one! Use pesticides and rodenticides with extreme caution and place the product in areas where pets can’t reach. If possible, try pet-safe alternative methods. Ask your vet for more information.

Human Foods

A variety of foods in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator are quite hazardous to household pets. The list includes chocolate, candy and gum, alcohol, onions, garlic, avocado, grapes, raisins, salty foods, and more. Store all potentially hazardous foods inside sealed containers, and don’t anything out on the counters. Your veterinarian can provide a complete list of harmful human food that you should take care to have your pet avoid.

Cleaning Products

Planning a weekend cleaning session? Remember that many of the cleaning products you’re using probably contain at least one harmful ingredient. Household cleaners, bleach, and even air freshener sprays can prove harmful to pets, so use caution when cleaning. Read the directions on the package for proper use, and store these products on the top shelves of closed closets or cabinets.

Household Plants

You may not be aware that several varieties of house and garden plants have toxic properties for pets. Lilies are extremely dangerous for cats, and azalea, oleander, tulips, chrysanthemums, poinsettias, and more can cause poisoning in cats and dogs. Take care to remove these plants from your home or garden, or restrict your pet’s access to them at all times.

Your Brighton vet can fill you in on more potential dangers around your home—call today to learn more.

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