February 10, 2020

The 5 Most Common Household Dangers For Your Pets

The relationship you have with your pets is really special. Pets can provide comfort, warmth and joy. And in return, it’s your job to provide a healthy, safe and happy environment. 

But did you know there are a number of everyday household items that could be potentially harmful to your pet? Here we break down some of the most common household dangers, and how to protect your pets against them. 

  1. Food – Common household food items such as garlic, onions, shallots, and avocados can be dangerous for your pets. Keep food in inaccessible cupboards, in the fridge or in sealed containers. Avoid leaving food on the countertops. 
  2. Alcohol – Whilst it’s clear that alcohol can be lethal for cats and dogs, some animals will be attracted to the smell/taste of alcohol and even cigarette butts. Keep these away from your pets.
  3. Plants – Some very common household plants and flowers including lilies, daffodils, tulips and poinsettias can all be poisonous to pets. Make sure that if you have pets you don’t bring these species into your home. 
  4. Medicines – All medicines, even ibuprofen or paracetamol, can be lethal for your pets if ingested. It’s best to keep your medicine stored in a cool, dry location well out of reach of your pets. Be sure to check the expiry date and return any unwanted or expired medicines to your local pharmacy. 
  5. Insecticides – Pets can be very sensitive to insecticides, particularly if they’re used indoors. Try to use natural alternatives wherever you can. 

By ensuring the correct storage (and disposal) of everyday household items, you will be greatly reducing the risk of harming your pets in the home. 

The Return of Unwanted Medicines Project is a free service that offers a way to dispose of unwanted or expired medicines safely and conveniently at your local community pharmacy. Find out more about the service here.

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