Keep Your Dog Safe from These 4 Common Household Items

January 28, 2016 at 1:39 PM by Nikki Wardle

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Your dog is your best friend, and you want nothing more than to make sure she has a long and healthy life. Did you know that there are products in your house right now that could significantly harm and even kill your pet?

Like children, dogs aren't always sure what's safe to ingest and what's not. Take the same precautions you would with small children and keep these products out of reach to keep your furry pal safe. We've started with the most innocent-seeming household items—like the things you eat and the plants you own—since these can pose a serious threat to your pet's health.

1. Human Food

Many people don't realize that the foods they eat can be harmful to their dogs. Foods that seem perfectly harmless can cause your dog serious health problems. Keep your dog away from:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Xylitol, an artificial sweetener
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol
  • Bread dough

Surprised by this list? It isn't even complete. Before feeding your dog any form of human food, do your research.

2. Household Plants

There are several kinds of house plants that are hazardous to your pet's health. They may look and smell nice, but keep them out of Fido's reach. The most common dangerous plants are rhododendrons, azaleas, lilies, and mistletoe.

3. De-icing Salt

This one may seem rather obvious; who would want to eat de-icing salt? But with this product's ubiquity during the winter months, it's worth noting that it's not only poisonous when consumed, but irritating for your pet's paws. Consider a good snow shovel or pet-friendly de-icing salt.

4. Medications

Can your fuzzy friend get into your purse where you keep your pain killers? How about the cabinet that houses your vitamins? Almost any type of human pill can be fatal to dogs, so be sure these common hazards are far out of your pet's reach.

To keep your pet healthy and happy for years to come, visit us at either our Overland or Chinden location.

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Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.