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6 Common Household Hazards for Pets

Create a home that's safe for your furry friends, too


Aside from adding pet-friendly furniture to your home, you also need to be on the lookout for common household items that may be dangerous to your pets. Here are six items that you need to watch out for.

Main photo by Jessica Watson via apartmenttherapy.com.

Keep this list in mind:

Cleaning products

If you have pets roaming inside your home, make sure that you tightly seal your cleaning products such as bleach, ammonia and liquid soap. If you have above-head storage shelves, place your cleaning materials there to avoid accidental spills and ingestion.


Avoid feeding your cats or dogs with food rich in caffeine such as chocolate, coffee, or tea. Caffeine can stimulate your pet’s heart rate and might affect their gastrointestinal tract.


Keep your bolts, nails, staples, and coins away from your cats or dogs. If they accidentally ingest them, this might cause them to vomit and have diarrhea.


You cannot give the same prescription that your doctor gave you to your pet. Always consult a veterinarian.


Do not let your dogs roam around your garden if your lawns have just been treated with pesticide or fertilizers! This might cause insecticide poisoning, which can cause hypersalivation or even seizures. Make sure that your garden is completely dry before letting them outside.

Kitchen Utensils

Keep you dishwasher or drawer closed after using them. Since pets are attracted to food residue, they might accidentally cut themselves on knives and other sharp items.

Photo by Adrienne Breaux via apartmenttherapy.com.

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