Think your home is safe for dogs? You probably have some items that are toxic to dogs lurking around — and you might not even know it. Keep an eye out for things that are poisonous to dogs as you spring clean your house. Dog hazards are everywhere and you may not know it.
Most people know chocolate is bad for dogs but there are also foods we assume are safe and even healthy, that can cause your pet discomfort and potentially death if you aren’t careful.
- Any type of food or beverage that contains caffeine
- Synthetic sweeteners and sugar replacements – these can be found in anything from diet yogurt to ketchup
- Grapes and raisins
- Moldy food
- Poultry bones
Pet food and treats have your pet’s best interest in mind. Stick to the basics and you’ll keep them healthier and happier for years to come.
- Human pharmaceuticals – like pain relievers might benefit bipeds, but our four-legged friends are truly a different animal. Acetaminophen in Tylenol and other drugs may interfere with oxygen flow or do irreparable harm to the liver. Never use them, or any human medication, for dogs without veterinary consultation and direction.
- Veterinary pharmaceuticals – may be prescribed for your pet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t overdose like we do on drugs. Oral doses are often flavored and hence attractive: if your dog finds the stash they might gobble it down. The use or dose for one size, breed, or species might not be fit for yours, so don’t borrow or take the drugs meant for another animal.
Puppies, bunnies and kittens, just like babies, seem to have a fascination with electrical wires, cords and cables. Whether it’s playing with them or chewing on them, they too run the risk of being burned or electrocuted. Think of your new pet as a curious toddler.
If you have a big cookout, don’t forget that the garbage produced could pose a significant and nearly irresistible hazard to your dog. Rib bones, corn cobs, steak fat and more can be found in cookout garbage and can wreak havoc on your canine friend.
With the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada, you should be aware of the risks to your furry friend. Although edible marijuana products are the most attractive to dogs, pets have been known to consume baggies of buds straight up. Marijuana toxicity usually isn’t fatal, but I am sorry to say that there have recently been reports of rare fatalities after consumption of medical-grade products.