Everyone loves their pets, and we care for them carefully and extensively because of how much we love them. Sometimes, though, we slip up. And we might bring something into the house or leave something out in the open that could harm our pets. Here are 5 dangerous items to keep away from your feathered and furry friends, courtesy of The Humane Society and the ASPCA.
- Bleach - Pets can, like people, leave a trail of chaos behind them. And whether you're training a puppy or cleaning a mess made by a pet with a stomach ache, you might find yourself pulling out the bleach. But beware! Bleach is toxic to people and animals, so make sure to dilute it when you use it, and properly rinse areas where bleach is used. Air out rooms with a strong bleach smell.
- De-Icers - Winter is almost over in many places, but some places are still experiencing ice and snow storms. De-icers irritate paws and are toxic. Even if you don't necessarily put the de-icers right in front of your pet, they can be toxic if ingested somehow. Make sure to wash and dry paws when your pet has been out in the snow.
- Leftovers - We know, the puppy eyes are adorable and convincing. But certain foods are toxic to pets, such as grapes, onions, alcoholic beverages, coffee grounds, and more. Be careful with small bones too: your pet may want to chew on them, but they can cause choking if swallowed.
Fabric Softener Sheets - This may seem oddly specific, but these are commonly used and extremely dangerous to pets. The ASPCA explains that they contain "cationic detergents" that "have the potential to cause significant signs like drooling, vomiting, oral and esophageal ulcers and fever". Soft clothes are great, but always make sure to keep softeners far away from curious pets.
- Household Plants - Not all plants, but some. Certain plants such as daffodils, lilies, azaleas, lilies of the valley, tulips, and hyacinths. There are more, so be certain to research the toxicity of a plant before bringing it into your home or near your pet.
Our pets mean the world to us! They make us laugh, comfort us when we're down, and are our best friends. So, of course, we want them to be safe, healthy and happy. Always make sure to keep potentially dangerous items away from pets, and research anything you are questioning. This way, your pets will stay furry and friendly for a long time to come!