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Indoor Pet Hazards

As the weather warms, you might be concerned about potential hazards for your pet as he goes outdoors. You may not have considered the several threats a pet might face indoors! Use your Greenfield veterinarian’s tips to avoid these common indoor hazards.

Cleaning Supplies

Spring cleaning often happens around this time of year, and the chemicals you use are probably not safe for your pet. Always keep cleaning solutions sealed up and stored in closed closets or cabinets. Remember: a determined pet can chew through a plastic bottle cap if they put their mind to it! Put chemicals on the top shelf where pets can’t reach.

String, Ribbon, Rubber Bands

It’s very easy to let small pieces of string, rubber bands, or a length of ribbon lay around on the floor. Unfortunately, many pets might see these items as a fun toy. If they’re accidentally swallowed, a small piece of string material could get wrapped around the intestines or cause a gastrointestinal blockage. Pick up all these types of items so a cat or dog can’t play with them, and offer a safe chew toy instead.

Pest Control

The pesticides and rodenticides we use to kill off household pests are poisons, which is why they do their job so well. Of course, they’re also toxic to our animal companions! Make sure you place pest control products in areas where pets can’t get to, or consider pet-safe alternatives. Talk to your vet for further advice.

Household Plants

Various plants you may keep in your home could potentially be hazardous to a pet’s health. Lilies are toxic to cats, and philodendron, azalea, oleander, poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe may cause poisoning, among others. Ask your vet for a complete list of hazardous houseplants so you can remove them from your home if necessary.

Medication

Various human medicines can be dangerous if a pet gets their paws on them. Cold medications, prescription pills, antidepressants, and over-the-counter drugs could all cause severe reactions, and even simple aspirin can be very dangerous. See our post on Aspirin Poisoning in Pets for specific information, and have your Greenfield veterinarian’s number on hand at all times in the event of an accident.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of potential indoor hazards—ask your vet about more, and how you can stop your pet from getting into trouble inside your home!

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