Pet Poisons in Your Home or Apartment

March is Poison Prevention Month! It’s a great time to consider the pet toxins that you likely already have lurking in your home. Below, your Temecula, CA veterinarian tells you how to keep your animal companion safe.

Toxic Plants

There is a long list of toxic plants and flowers that can harm pets. Some examples include dieffenbachia, elephant ear, oleander, rhododendron (also known as azalea), lilies, tulips, daffodils, certain varieties of aloe plants, ivy, poinsettia plants, and more. Check any bouquets, floral arrangements, or potted plants in your home to make sure you’re not harboring anything dangerous.

Human Foods

Onions, garlic, chives, grapes and raisins, leeks, shallots, scallions, chocolate, candy, gum, avocado, fatty foods, rich or buttery foods, caffeinated foods and beverages, salty items like chips or French fries… all sorts of goodies meant for humans aren’t safe for animals! Never leave harmful foods out on countertops or the kitchen table where your pet may be able to swipe a morsel.


All sorts of human medicine—aspirin, over-the-counter drugs, antidepressants, cough syrup, and much more—can poison a pet who manages to ingest too much. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a plastic cap will prevent the risk; some pets with strong jaws might chew right through a child-proof cap! Store medications carefully where pets can’t get to them.

Pesticide Products

If you use pesticide products in your home to get rid of insect or rodent invaders, it’s important to use caution. Pesticides are, after all, poisonous—it’s not difficult for a pet to be harmed if they come in contact with these substances! Place pesticides in areas that pets won’t have access to, and consider non-toxic pest-control methods like traps as an alternative.

Cleaning Supplies

Did you know that a wide variety of cleaning supplies can harm pets? While it’s not likely that your pet will decide to lap up chemical cleaners, it’s not worth the risk. Keep your supply closet shut tightly at all times so that pets can’t have access. When using cleaning supplies—especially those that are particularly hazardous or give off strong fumes—keep your pets secured in another room entirely to make absolutely sure they’re safe.

Would you like to know more about potential pet toxins in your home? Does your animal companion need a veterinary exam? We’re here for you. Set up an appointment today with your Temecula, CA pet clinic.

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