Watch out for these hidden pet poisons in your home

Many household items are safe to people but could be dangerous for pets.

Pet parents know that dogs and cats can be curious creatures. They like to explore any area they can get into, including tasting household items that weren't meant to be consumed. While a pup getting a snack out of the garbage bin can make a mess, at its worst it can lead to the pooch ingesting something that makes it incredibly sick. Considering all of the common household cleaners, garden plants and people food that can be toxic to pets, curiosity truly can kill the cat (or dog) if pet owners don't know how to mitigate those risks. 

Plants with hidden dangers
People who have indoor or outdoor cats and dogs need to know what the biggest risks for their animals are. Common plants can seem like an appetizing snack or intriguing plaything but can actually lead to serious poisoning. 

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, dangerous plants include crocuses, azaleas and lilies. And don't forget your seasonal decorations, either – Christmas poinsettias are toxic as well. People who choose to keep these plants need to make sure pets can never have access to them, like keeping potted indoor flowers in off-limits rooms or tie dogs in the yard far away from the garden. It's safest just to avoid growing these products in the first place, however.

Dangerous household products 
Household chemicals, like cleaning sprays, antifreeze or insecticides need to be stored where animals can't access them, like in a garage, garden shed or locked cabinet. Just because they give off a strong smell doesn't mean that pets won't be inquisitive, so keep anything potentially harmful sealed away. 

Medications need to be secured as well, whether it's over-the-counter meds, prescriptions for people or even the animals' own care products. Too much of anything can be a bad thing so be sure to keep any drugs locked in a medicine cabinet where intrusive paws can't reach. 

Beware of people food
While some pet owners may like to treat their dog or cat to leftover table scraps, it's important to know which foods are off limits. Both canines and felines can be poisoned by chocolate, grapes, onions and caffeine, according to Vets Now. 

Play it safe and only offer pets snacks that were made just for them, like Hartz® Delectables™ SqueezeUp™ with Chicken for cats or Hartz® Oinkies® Pig Skin Twists Chews for dogs.

This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz®. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

Category: Pet Supplies