How to Protect Pets from Household Dangers

Whether you let her roam about freely or she happens to escape, your home can be a dangerous place for your pet.

Although most are harmless to us, these items can be lethal to your pet:

Alcoholic beverages
Caffeine
Avocado – skin and pit
Chocolate
Cigarette smoke
Mushrooms
Raw meat
Raw onion
Raw peanuts in shell
Salty foods
Fruit seeds

Fumes from these products are harmful to all pets but especially toxic to birds:

Aerosols
Ammonia
Anti-freeze – will also kill a dog if he drinks it
Auto products
Bleach
Chlorine
Cleansers
Deodorants
Detergents
Felt tip markers
Flea bombs
Floor/furniture polish
Gasoline
Glues
Hair sprays and hair dyes
Hand and body lotion
Insecticides
Iodine
Lead
Lighter fluid
Kerosene
Nail polish and remover
Matches
Mothballs
Oven cleaners
Over-heated non-stick cookware
Paint and paint-related products
Perfumes
Pesticides
Propane
Scented candles
Smoke
Spray starch
Suntan oil & lotion
Wax

Both indoor and outdoor plants can be harmful to pets when ingested. Be sure you can identify and keep your pets away from these plants:

Amaryllis
Bird of paradise
Azalea
Blue bonnet
Bulb flowers
Calla lily
Castor bean
Cherry tree
Crabapple
Eggplant
Elderberry
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Holly
Honeysuckle
Juniper
Lilies
Lily of the valley
Morning Glory
Mistletoe
Mushrooms
Oak
Oleander
Philodendron
Poison Ivy
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Sago Palm
Skunk Cabbage
Sweet Pea
Yew

Not all plants are dangerous.

The following plants are safe around pets or in their habitat:

Bamboo
Beech
American and European
Blueberry
Grapevine
Dogwood
Hibiscus
Marigolds
Mulberry
Pyracantha
Rose
Willow
Fern
Fig plant
Herbs
Pothos
Swedish Ivy
Spider Plant

Unfortunately you can’t remove all potential pet dangers from your home. You can, however, make sure your pet is at safe distance away from the following:

Candles
Cat litter boxes
Children
Unsupervised dogs, cats, or ferrets
Extreme heat or cold
Filled tubs or sinks
Open toilets
Frayed electrical wiring
Fireplaces and heaters
Hot pots/pans/utensils
Hot water
Hot electric/gas/wood stove
Medications
Open doors and windows
Open washer and dryer

Birds should be kept away from wall mirrors and rotating ceiling or window fans and uncurtained windows.

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