Household Items that Threaten Your Pets

Protect Your Quincy or South Shore Pet from Accidental Poisonings

Want to ensure a safer, healthier home environment for your animal member? Our South Shore pet veterinary center recommends that you keep him away from the following 6 potential toxins.

Want to ensure a safer, healthier home environment for your animal member? Our South Shore pet veterinary center recommends that you keep him away from the following 6 potential toxins.

1. Foods. Many human foods are poisonous to animals. Keep your pet away from onions, chocolate, coffee, tea, alcoholic drinks, cherry and peach pits, mushrooms, or anything that appears moldy.

2. Food additives. In addition to human foods, many popular food additives can endanger the health or life of your pet. For example, non-sugar sweeteners such as sorbitol and xylitol can cause serious problems that require urgent pet veterinary treatment.

3. Prescription and Over the Counter Medication. Many of the medicines designed to aid humans can harm animals. Even when the drug is not automatically toxic to animals, a normal, safe dosage for an adult human can easily prove a lethal overdose for a dog or cat.

4. Cleaning products. We leave potential poisons all over the home when we do laundry, load the dishwasher with detergent or scrub the floors with cleaning solution. Put these products away when not in use and consider trying non-toxic “green” alternatives (or products that are kid and pet friendly).

5. Lawn chemicals. Many of the pesticides we use to keep our Milton, South Shore and Quincy lawns and gardens healthy have the reverse effect on pets. Pesticide ingestion can lead to seizures, organ damage, bladder cancer and other frightening illnesses.

6. Automotive fluids.  Keep your garage clean and free of puddles that may contain toxic automotive fluids. Antifreeze is especially worrying because pets like the taste of it, even though it is a deadly poison.

Contact Our Veterinary Clinic with Questions

Put those toxic items out of paw’s reach or behind locked doors. If you think your pet may have ingested something dangerous to his health, call us at Willard Veterinary Clinicimmediately. In addition to our pet services, our South Shore veterinarian can provide guidance on or a referral for emergency treatment that could save your pet’s life.

How do you protect your pet from household toxins?

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