Did you know that each year over 100,000 pets are poisoned in the United States? Most of these incidents were caused by household items and foods many of us have in our homes at one time or another. While most of them are harmless to us when used properly, they can be extremely dangerous to dogs.
The Top 10 Offenders
Knowing what to keep away from your dogs is priority #1 when it comes to keeping them safe. Here's a list of the top 10 substances that can be bad news for your dog.
- Prescription medications. Even a small dose can cause major health problems.
- Insecticides. Keep bug sprays stored where pets can't reach them, and that includes flea and tick products used on your dog.
- Over-the-counter drugs. Drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be dangerous. The same goes for vitamins and herbal supplements. If you drop even one on the floor, find it and dispose of it before you dog has a chance to find it.
- Pet medications. Poisoning by drugs administered by your pet wellness clinic is common. If you dog is being treated for an illness, make sure his curiosity doesn't get the best of him by keeping his medication safely stored.
- Household chemicals. Cleaners, antifreeze and other chemicals can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. If necessary, kennel your dog while you're using them and don't let him out until they're safely stored.
- Your food. Here's the list: Chocolate, coffee, caffeine, alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, and xylitol. To avoid making a fatal mistake, keep pet-approved snacks handy and don't give into those pleas for treats from your plate.
- Chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the worse it can be, even in small amounts. Never give your dog chocolate.
- Plants. Many are not pet-friendly. Check this list from the ASPCA to be informed.
- Rodenticides. Chemicals designed to kill rodents can also harm dogs.
- Lawn and garden products. Letting these lie around while your dog is in the area can be dangerous. Guard and store them carefully.