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Common Household Threats to your Pet

Wednesday January 11th 2017

As our pets can’t be aware themselves of the various household objects which could be dangerous to them, it’s up to us as pet owners to keep them safe, and ensure that they are kept out of harm’s way within our homes. The best way you can do this, is to be completely aware of the potential dangers yourself, so we’ve put together this list of some of the most common household threats to your pet.

Electric Chords

Most household pets love to chew, and this can be extremely problematic if they are allowed access to any areas where there are electrical cables lying around. Try to ensure your pet has plenty of alternative and safe options to chew on, in order to distract them from these wires. As well as this, you should try to ensure that all loose cables are hidden or kept out of reach from your pets, this is the most effective way to keep them safe when roaming the house freely.


Our household garbage is another item which can become a hazard for our pets. We throw away a huge variety of items on a daily basis, and a lot of these could either be toxic to our animals, or potentially a choking hazard. Our pets are naturally very curious, and will therefore be likely to rummage through the garbage if given the opportunity, so it’s up to you to make sure they don’t have this chance.

Household Cleaning Products

A lot of the cleaning products which we use around the home can be toxic to our pets. Whilst many of these products do not possess a desirable taste and therefore wouldn’t be appealing to our animals, other products, such as antifreeze, actually have a sweet taste which our pets can be drawn to. Do your research so that you are aware of which cleaning products are toxic to your pets, and make sure they are kept out of the way whilst you’re using them. It is also important to choose an area which is out of your pets reach to store these products.

Toxic Foods

A lot of the foods which we commonly eat and therefore keep around the house, can actually be poisonous for our pets. It’s important to make yourself aware of the foods which could be harmful to the pets you own, so that you know the steps which should be taken if you notice that they have eaten some of the wrong food. Once you are aware of which foods may be harmful to your pet, make sure to keep these items out of their reach at all times, to avoid any unwanted trips to the vet.

Human Medications, such as pain killers

The medicines which we commonly use, such as ibuprofen, anti-depressants, or even vitamins, can have seriously negative consequences if eaten by our pets. If you have pets in the house, make sure you are extra careful when taking any medicine, to ensure that you don’t leave any lying around in an area which could be accessible to your pets, this includes the areas where you might dispose of the medication.