Safety Tips for Your Pet – Health Hazards – Pet Safety, Cautions For Cats, Dangers For Dogs

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Pet Safety Alert:

Foods that are safe for us are not always safe for our pets. These include:

  • chocolate
  • avocado
  • grapes and raisins
  • xylitol sweetener (found in gum & toothpaste)
  • macadamia nuts
  • yeast dough
  • onions and garlic

Cautions for Cats:

There is a saying, “cats are not small dogs.” What this means is that cats are unique creatures that have very specific needs. These items cause serious problems for cats:

  • lilies of all types
  • mice that have been eating rat poison
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • needles and thread
  • cleaning solutions (like Pine-sol)
  • flea products made for dogs
  • Holiday tinsel

Dangers for Dogs:

Dogs love life, eating and chewing. They sometimes make poor choices as to what is food and what is not. These items cause serious problems for dogs:

  • peach pits
  • rat poison
  • corn cobs
  • slug bait
  • wood glue
  • fabric
  • wooden skewers or deli toothpicks
  • acorns
  • cocoa mulch
  • human pain relievers
  • antifreeze