Household Hazards


Every home contains a variety of everyday items and substances that can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested by pets. You can protect your pets health by becoming aware of the most common health hazards found in many pet-owning households.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR PET IS POISONED
Don’t wait! Time is critical for successfully treating accidental poisoning.
Pick up the phone and call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
(1-888-426-4435; a consultation fee may apply). Be prepared to state your pet’s breed, age, weight and any symptoms. Keep the product container or plant sample with you to assist in identification so the appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.

A Special Note of Caution to Bird Owners
Just like dogs and cats, most hazards listed here apply to your pet bird, particularly if it is allowed to roam freely outside of its cage. In addition, birds have unique respiratory tracts that are especially vulnerable to inhaled particles and fumes from aerosol products, tobacco products, certain glues, paints, air fresheners and any other aerosolized matter. Birds should never be allowed in areas where such products are being used. As a rule, birds should never be kept in kitchens because cooking fumes, smoke and odors can present a hazard.

 

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