Pet Safety
I know how much your pet means to you, and as you'll see,
there's a lot you can do to keep your pets out of danger...Reading
this may save your pet's life. If your pets get hurt or sick, contact:
101 Things You Didn't Know
Could Harm Your Pet
V.I.People & Pets
Jeff Ball, Owner (678) 231-2874
Kennesaw, GA 30144
pets@VIPeopleandPets.com
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)
Acetaminophen
Cold and flu medications
Antidepressants
Vitamins
Home insect products
Rat and mouse bait
Bleach
Diet pills
Disinfectants
Fabric softener
Lead
PLANTS
Aloe
Amaryllis
Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lilly
Asparagus Fern
Australian Nut
Autumn Crocus
Azalea
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black Locust
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Day lily
Devil's Ivy
Lighter fluid
Mothballs
Anti-cancer drugs
Solvents (paint thinners, etc.)
Flea and tick products
Drain cleaners
Liquid potpourri
Slug and snail bait
Oven cleaner sprays
Lime/scale remover
Fly bait
Detergents
Tobacco products
Dieffenbachia
Dumbcane
Easter Lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Fern
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Ferns
Gold Dust Dracaeno
Florida Beauty
Foxglove
Glacier Ivy
Gladiolas
Golden Pothos
Heavenly Bamboo
Honeysuckle
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Kalanchoe
Lantana
Lilies
Lily of the Valley
Lupine
Marble Queen
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law
Mountain Laurel
Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephthysis
Nightshade
Oleander
Panda
Peace Lily
Philodendron
Poison Hemlock
Rosary Pea
Privet
Red Emerald
Rhododendron
Ribbon Plant
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Tulip
Water Hemlock
Wisteria
Yew
Yucca
HARMFUL FOODS
Avocados
Chocolate (all forms)
Coffee (all forms)
Onions & onion powder
Garlic
Grapes
Raisins
Macadamia nuts
OBJECTS
Balls
Batteries
Bread twist ties
Buttons
Coins
Cotton Swabs
Glass
Hair Pins
Jewelry
TROUBLE AREAS
Balconies - Tall balconies without safety railings, or railings spaced too far
apart, can lead to dangerous falls.
Bath tubs or sinks - small pets can drown in full bathtubs or sinks.
Doors and windows - Dogs and cats can run away if they find an open door or
window.  They can also get seriously injured if they run across a busy road.  
Windows should have screens to prevent cats or other pets from falling out.
Electrical cords - Your pets can be electrocuted if they bite or chew on
electrical cords that are plugged in.
Fireplace - Your pets can be burned by the flames or get sick if they eat the
ashes.
Toilets - Toilet water is not healthy for pets to drink; always remember to
close the lid.  Make sure you leave plenty of clean, fresh water for your pets
if you must leave them home alone.
Washer and Dryer - Your pets can crawl into a washer or dryer without your
knowledge; close the doors to these appliances when you're not using them.
OUTSIDE
Algae - Can be found in ponds or other bodies of water; certain forms can be
toxic.
Antifreeze/Coolant - Some types of antifreeze or coolant products contain
ethylene glycol, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats, even in small amounts.
Fire pit/Grill - Flames can result in serious burns and ashes can cause illness
if ingested.
Fences or gates - Your pets can run away if they find openings in damaged
fences or gates.  They can also get hurt or strangled if they get stuck.
Deck lattice - Your dogs or cats can get stuck in the openings under your
deck and possibly be strangled.
De-icing salts - Some formulations may contain chemicals that are hazardous
to pets if ingested in large amounts.  Look for "pet-friendly"
de-icing salts.
Compost (particularly if moldy)
Gasoline
Oil
Pesticides
Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer
Swimming pools and hot tubs
- never leave your pet unattended near
uncovered pools, even if they can swim.
HOLIDAY HAZARDS
Alcohol - alcoholic beverages are toxic to pets and should NEVER be given to
them during the holidays or any other time.

VALENTINE'S DAY
Flowers and candy - Many types of flowers and plants found in bouquets are
harmful to dogs and cats if they are ingested. Chocolate can cause vomiting,
diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors or seizures, and, in
severe cases, chocolate poisoning can be fatal.

EASTER
Fake grass - This colorful "grass" may look appetizing to your pets, but it
could cause them to choke or obstruct their intestines if swallowed.
Small toys and other plastic items - If swallowed, small toys and plastic
Easter eggs can cause your pet to choke or even damage their intestinal
tracts.

4TH OF JULY
Fireworks - Fireworks can scare your pets making them run off, or cause
serious injuries if detonated near them. Many formulations are also toxic if
ingested.

HALLOWEEN
Repeatedly opening doors to greet trick-or-treaters can increase the
chances of your pets running out. Keep an eye on their whereabouts at all
times. If feasible, keep cats in a secure area or closed room when opening
doors.
Candles - Pets are naturally curious, and may be attracted to the bright
lights of the flame in dark areas. Dogs and cats could either burn themselves
by the flame or knock the candle over, starting a fire.
Xylitol - Candy or gum sweetened with xylitol is toxic and should be kept
away from your pets.
All forms of chocolate can be harmful to your pet, potentially resulting in
poisoning or even pancreatic inflammation from the high fat content.

THANKSGIVING
Bones - Turkey, chicken, and other small animal bones are very different
from the large bones you find at the pet store. These small bones splinter
easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give
them to your pet.
Hot containers - Your dog or cat will most likely become curious when they
smell something cooking. Keep an eye on hot containers so that your pet does
not tip them over and get burned.

CHRISTMAS
Holiday plants - Christmas rose, Holly, Lilies and Mistletoe are all toxic to
dogs and cats.
Ribbons - It may look adorable, but placing a ribbon around your pet's neck
may cause them to choke.
Bubbling lights - Older forms of this attractive decoration may contain
methylene chloride, which is a highly toxic chemical.
Fire salts - contain chemicals that could be harmful to pets.
Angel hair (spun glass) - Can be irritating to eyes and skin, and could cause
intestinal obstruction if eaten in large amounts.
Christmas tree water - Stagnant tree water or water containing
preservatives could result in upset stomach if ingested.
Decoration hooks - Can cause blockage and/or trauma to gastrointestinal
tract if swallowed.
Styrofoam - Can cause your pets to choke if swallowed.
Ornaments - These can look like toys to cats and dogs, but they can cause
serious injury, especially if your pets break or swallow them.
Tinsel - Can cause choking or internal trauma if swallowed.

NEW YEAR'S
Balloons and confetti - These fun New Year's party decorations can cause
your pets to choke or obstruct their intestines if ingested. Keep an eye on
your pets when they're around these items or move them to an area that is
not decorated.
Loud noises - New Year's is typically a noisy holiday. Unfortunately, loud
noises frighten pets and can cause them to run off. Keep your pets in a
separate room, away from noisemakers, music, and other loud sounds that
may startle them.
Alcoholic Beverages
Moldy/spoiled foods
salt
fatty foods
Gum, candies, or other foods
sweetened with xylitol
Tea leaves
Raw yeast dough
Nylons
Paper Clips
Plastic wrap
Socks
rubber-bands
Sharp objects (knives, razors,
scissors, nails, needles, etc.)
String, yarn, or dental floss
Towels
Wax
 
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