Household Items to Be Cautious Of

When getting new items for our home, we're always trying to keep our pets safe!

We love our pets and want them to stay safe, but unfortunately our little friends can get a little too curious from time to time. Since we want the best for our pets, here are some things to look out for in our homes.

Essential Oils

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Essential oils can provide many benefits to pet parents, however some oils may not serve the same benefits to our pets the Pet Poison Helpline has published a list of oils for cats and dogs to exercise caution around when there is a pet in your home with scents like winter green or pine oils. Although, the best way that we can keep using essential oils and keeping our pets healthy is education and prevention.

Foods 

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We all love to have a treat from time to time and so do our furry friends though some common household items may hold health risks for your pet. The Humane Society has a list of foods such as coffee, macadamia nuts, and garlic, to watch out for that could be risky for your pet to eat. Be sure to place these items out of pets’ reach to keep your pets happy and healthy.

Plants

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Plants are a great way to add a personal touch to a space. Whether it is a small indoor plant or an outdoor garden, plants provide a great visual and can often be accompanied by air-cleaning benefits. In wishing the best for your pets the ASPCA has published a list of plants that they advise against letting your pet get into such as roses or azaleas.

Detergents/Insecticides

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Detergents and Insecticides are part of our everyday life. We do the best possible to keep them out of reach of small children and our pets. If there is ever an unlikely accident, the Pet Poison Helpline advises  to watch out for signs of drooling, burns, pawing at the mouth, no appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and difficulty breathing, and to seek medical attention as required.

Fabric Softener Sheets

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If you love the feeling of taking soft warm sheets out of the dryer, chances are you’ve used fabric softener sheets to make them soft and remove any built up static. They have so many great uses! Though, the ASPCA recommends that you keep them out of reach from your pets since they have detergents on them which aren’t the best for a pet.

Medicines

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We are always vigilant making sure that our pets stay out of our medication and that it is put away properly but sometimes accidents do happen. The Pet Poison Helpline as reported that almost 50% of calls that they get are from accidental ingestion of medication. Their recommendation to prevent this from happening is to keep all medication away and out of reach from pets.

No matter how curious or mischievous your furry friend is you are doing and want the best for them. Be sure to give your pet some extra love today!

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