Top Poison Items for Pets: Prevention Awareness Month

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The 58th anniversary of pet poison prevention month is in March 2020, marking almost six decades of safer pet lives and safer homes. It is a great time to learn about the top poison items for different kinds of pets, as well as ways to keep them safe. While poison is something you may not usually think about, your pet can suffer accidental poisoning from various substances in and around your home.

Most pets are naturally curious and cannot resist tasting, smelling, or even swallowing things that interest them. You might be a loving and careful pet owner, but a single moment of distraction is all your pet needs to ingest a potentially fatal or harmful poison. You need to poison-proof your house to keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy.

Over-the-counter Medications

These are some of the most common toxins ingested by pets. Herbal supplements, Ibuprofen, cold medications, and naproxen are some of the medications to watch out for when it comes to preventing accidental poisoning. Keep them out of your pet’s reach and check with a vet before giving any medication to your pet.

Garden Products

Some gardening products, such as fertilizers, account for a significant percentage of all emergency calls received by veterinarians. If you like gardening and own gardening related products, you need to lock them away safely.

Human Prescription Medication

Antidepressants, ADHD medications, and heart medications are some of the most common human medications that poison pets. Ingestion is usually accidental, which is why it is important to keep them out of your pet’s reach.


Some outdoor and indoor plants are toxic to pets. In the process of choosing vegetation to plant in and around your home, go for those that are safe for pets, such as snapdragons, rosemary, or African daisies. Plants to avoid include tulips, azaleas, lilies, and daffodils.

Insecticides and Rodenticides

Insecticides are effective when it comes to killing spiders, ants, and other insects. If you misuse them, however, you might end up harming your companion animal. The safe storage of such products is critical. Pets are increasingly gaining access to rodent-killing products as well. Unpredictable weather is forcing rodents to seek food and shelter inside homes, thereby leading to an increase in the use of rodenticides.

Human Food

Some of the foods in your pantry can make your dog or cat seriously sick. Some of the scraps you share with your pet can also make him or her ill. For example, xylitol, which is available in food items like baked goods and gum, is toxic to animals.


Most pet owners know that chocolate is harmful to dogs; however, some dog owners still forget to lock away their chocolate. This accounts for the huge volume of chocolate-related poisonings.

For additional information about pet toxins, visit the Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital in Carmel, Indiana, operated by Dr. Roger Nix, an expert with more than 36 years of veterinary medical experience. We will treat your pet as if it is ours. We deal with everything related to pet grooming, wellness, and health care. You can call us at 317-428-2530 to set up an appointment.