Household Dangers for Pets

There are many dangers lurking in your house that may put your pet at risk. It is important to be aware of these dangers so that you can help minimize risk and keep your pet healthy and safe.


Physical dangers include anything your pet can chew or eat that is not intended for them such as paper products, elastic bands, yarn or thread, home renovation products, etc. Even some items intended for pets may cause choking hazards and should be used with caution. Make sure pet toys are the appropriate size for your pet, larger dogs can choke on toys intended for smaller animals.

Medicinal products intended for people must be kept locked away from your pets as it only takes a small quantity of human medication to cause problems for your pet.

Some foods that are toxic to pets are chocolate, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts and artificial sweeteners. Cleaning products can cause internal and external injuries and should be stored out of your pet’s reach. Pesticides and insecticides are also dangerous to pets. Be aware of outdoor weed and pest control in your immediate area. Also keep your pets away from slug bait, rat/mouse poison and mothballs. There are also certain plants that are toxic to pets.

For a complete list please visit the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association website. Pet Poison Helpline® has more information on what to do if you think your pet may have been poisoned. Or call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. There is a $35 incidence fee.

If you are concerned that your pet has come in contact with something potentially harmful, please do not hesitate to call your veterinarian.

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