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Poison Prevention Awareness

March 1, 2021

March is Pois on Prevention Awareness Month. This is one topic that is important for both people and pets. Our furred, feathered, and scaled friends are very susceptible to toxins. It’s important to know what is and isn’t safe for your pet, as the average household contains many things that are poisonous to our animal friends. A local Anderson, IN vet goes over some key ones below.

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While every type of pet has their own unique nutritional needs, there are some things that are bad for all of them. This list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; avocado; caffeine; alcohol; and pitted fruits. Items that contain xylitol are also unsafe. Grapes, currants, and raisins are on the no-no list for many pets, as are nuts and mushrooms. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Household Goods

Many of the things you would use for cleaning around the house are dangerous to pets. This includes things like paint, drain uncloggers, foam sprays, varnishes, detergents, and stain removers. While your pet may not try to eat or lick these substances, they can ingest them just by getting some on their paws or fur. Other common toxins include medicines, pesticides, rodenticides, and herbicides, as well as lawn/garden products, such as fertilizers. Antifreeze is also a concern. Keep pets away from all chemicals and medicines.


Many beautiful plants and flowers, such as daffodils, lilies, and azalea palms, are poisonous to pets. You can find more information at the ASPCA site here .

Personal Items

You may have already known of some of the things listed above. However, not everything that is dangerous to pets is particularly well known. Salt lamps, for example, are a danger not everyone is aware of. Some pets—particularly cats—like the taste of salt, and will lick the lamps. This can cause salt poisoning, which is potentially fatal. You’ll also need to be careful with many essential oils.

Poison Control

We always advise erring on the side of caution, and being prepared for emergencies. Keep a pet-first aid kit. This should contain charcoal and hydrogen peroxide. However, you shouldn’t administer anything without professional guidance. Keep the Pet Poison Center Helpline number on hand. That number is 800-213-6680. (Charges may apply.) You may also want to keep ours handy.

As your Anderson, IN veterinary clinic, we’re here to help! Please contact us for all your pet’s care needs.