Household hazards: Safety for pets

Common household items such as plants, foods and chemicals can harm your pet if ingested.  With a little knowledge and a bit of extra effort you can pet-proof your home and prevent an accidental poisoning.

Pet-Proof your Home

  • Cover trash bins or store them in a closed closet
  • Fence off compost bins
  • Install baby locks on cabinets that contain cleaning supplies
  • Store medications in secure, elevated cabinets
  • Keep your purse or bag out of your pet’s reach
  • Store ribbons, yarn, and sewing supplies in closed containers that your pet cannot access
  • Put electrical cords out of reach while puppies and kittens are teething 
  • Avoid giving hard bones, cow hooves, ice cubes and hard toys such as nylabones to dogs for chewing


Foods that are Dangerous to Pets (this is only a partial list):

  • Alcoholic beverages and foods containing alcohol
  • Apple seeds, Apricot pits, Cherry pits and Peach pits
  • Chocolate (including cocoa bean mulch)
  • Coffee (liquid, grounds & beans)
  • Fatty foods (bacon grease, butter)
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Tea
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Xylitol (sweetener in candy and gum)
  • Yeast dough (raw)


Common Plants that are Toxic to Pets (this is only a partial list):

  • Allium
  • Amaryllis
  • Angel’s Trumpet
  • Asparagus Fern
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Buckeye
  • Castor Bean
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Delphinium
  • Dieffenbachia
  • English Ivy
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies – Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter, Japanese
  • Lupine
  • Marijuana
  • Morning Glory or Moonflower
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip
  • Yew

Other Household Hazards

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning solutions
  • Fabric softeners
  • Fertilizers
  • Glow Jewelry
  • Human medications including pain relievers (Advil, Tylenol, Motrin) 
  • Ice melt (salt and salt-like)
  • Insecticides and insect bait stations
  • Lawn and garden products
  • Liquid Potpourri
  • Mothballs
  • Paint Balls
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Pine oil / essential oils
  • Rodent poisons
  • Silica gel pack

These are only partial lists of hazardous substances.  Please check for a more complete listing. If you worry your pet has been poisoned, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 for assistance immediately.

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