Pet poisons that may be lurking in your home

One of the best things prospective pet owners can do before welcoming new pets into their families is to conduct a poison audit throughout their homes. Pets are often vulnerable to common household items that may not pose a threat to adults. That’s especially true for curious pets anxious to explore their new surroundings.

The Pet Poison Helpline, a licensed animal poison control center dedicated to preventing poison-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities to pets, offers this room-by-room breakdown to help existing and potential pet owners find items around the house that could pose a threat to their furry friends.

Attics and basements
• Mothballs
• Rodenticides
• Insecticides
• Paint

• Medications, including
prescription drugs and overthe counter drugs
• Caffeine pills
• Drain and toilet cleaners
• Ammonia

• Bleach
• Inhalers
• Lime and rust removers
• Cough drops

Laundry rooms
• Fabric softener
• Bleach
• Detergents, including
detergent pods
• Dryer sheets

Living room
• Plants
• Liquid potpourri
• Devices, including smartphones • Batteries, such as those
inside remote controls

Garages and garden sheds
• Automotive fluids, including antifreeze, windshield
washer fluid, motor oil, and
• Ice melt products

• Lawn and garden products,
including weed killer, grub
and snail bait and
• Paint
• Glue
• Mothballs
• Fertilizers
• Bone, blood and feather
• Plants
• Insecticides
• Compost

• Macadamia nuts
• Grapes, raisins and currants
• Onions, garlic and chives
• Caffeinated products, such
as coffee and tea
• Chicken bones
• Fatty scraps
• Unbaked yeast bread dough
• Alcohol
• Table salt
• Kitchen cleaning products

Make products as inaccessible to curious pets as possible by keeping them locked away when not in use. More information about protecting pets is available at

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