cute dog laying on carpet in living room   no pet toxins around

Over 60 percent of people in the U.S. share their homes with a pet and have committed to making their fur baby’s wellness a top priority. Although pet homes may vary in climate or decor, most daily routines and necessities never change. From cooking and cleaning to health care and hobbies, our home environments are full of products that are potentially hazardous for our pets. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t carry on as usual. It simply means that we, as pet parents, have to take a little extra precaution when moving about daily life. Learn more about common household pet toxins and what to do if you suspect your furry friend comes into contact with one of them.

5 Most Common Household Toxins for Pets

  1. Essential Oils
dog and boy hanging out at home safe from pet toxins

As more homeowners consider green cleaning products to avoid toxins with high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), it’s crucial to be conscious of how natural options can also affect pet health. Some of the most-used and well-loved essential oils, from tea tree oil to lavender, can lead to major health complications in cats and dogs.

  1. House & Garden Plants

Whether you have an abundant outdoor garden, lush landscaping beds, or a few perfectly placed houseplants, the joy plants can bring to your home is only superseded by your pet’s joy. From simple tulips and daffodils to more exotic aloes and palms–the plants you love can be toxic to pets. Don’t forget to keep pets in mind when designing your ideal greenspace and shopping for plants.

  1. Table Scraps
cat sniffing table food and table scraps

Although we may be tempted to share our favorite foods with our fur-ever friends, many human foods can be deadly for our pets. Avoid sharing products or dishes that contain chocolate, onion, garlic, xylitol, and caffeine with your fur baby.

  1. Over-the-counter & Prescription Medications

In 2018, the ASPCA received about 40,000 calls regarding pets consuming medications—from ibuprofen to anti-depressants. These medications can cause severe reactions, such as kidney failure and liver damage. Always store medicines safely, where your fur (and human) baby cannot reach them, and ask visitors to do the same.

  1. Pesticides & Fertilizers

Whether you’re deterring pesky insects or rodents or just fertilizing your garden, be mindful of the selection and placement of these products. Although usually kept out of reach, curious noses will be on the hunt if placed within the home or near their favorite outdoor areas. 

What To Do If You Suspect Pet Toxin Exposure

The most common signs of exposure or ingestion of potential toxins include nausea/vomiting, unusual drooling or licking, behavior changes (overly excitable or lethargy), or changes in breathing patterns.

If you notice any of these in your fur baby, contact the staff at Bayside as soon as possible or use our emergency services. If the incident occurs after hours, the ASPCA poison control hotline can provide advice for treating mild cases or help keep your pet stable until we can see them.