In this post, we primarily concentrate on things that can kill your pet if they are accidentally ingested. The chance of your dog having some of these items may seem farfetched, but they do pose a real threat. Dogs are natural foragers and when left alone they go on a sniffing mission. In other words, dogs actively seek out things that are not meant for them. If you have ever come back from work to find chewed shoes and destroyed pillows, you already know what we mean. Without further ado, the following are 8 things in your home that you need to keep your dog away from at all costs.
Let’s start with a food item that everyone knows. Chocolate contains caffeine and a type of chemical called theobromine. A dog’s digestive system is not tuned to process these chemicals. If consumed in large quantities, chocolate toxicity can cause seizures or even death.
Right from gums to artificial sweeteners, a lot of human food items have xylitol. While it’s perfectly safe for humans, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. It causes severe hypoglycemia and can be fatal even in small quantities.
There is a long list of human medications that are highly toxic to dogs. Therefore, if a pill falls on the floor, be sure to discard it before your dog finds it. Among many examples, Acetaminophen, the active ingredient used to make Tylnol, is toxic to dogs. Even a safe pet medicine in enough quantity can cause severe distress to dogs.
If you are someone who wants to give your pet dog alcohol just so you can check its reaction, then seek help. Depending on the concentration of alcohol, even a small drink can prove to be fatal for dogs.
Cleaning products are toxic to both humans and dogs. While you have the good sense of not consuming them, your dog might not. Store these household chemicals away from your dog’s reach.
This is a good reason to restrict your dog’s access to the garage. Cars often drip antifreeze, a substance highly toxic to dogs. To make matters worse, antifreeze has a sweet smell which encourages dogs to lick them up.
There are certain indoor plants that are highly toxic to dogs. Some examples are pothos vine, philodendron, jade, and aloe vera. Dogs have a habit of munching on leaves and thus these plants need to be kept out of reach.
Unbaked Bread Dough
Bread dough seems pretty harmless, but it comes as a surprise to a lot of pet parents that they are actually highly toxic to dogs. Raw bread dough contains yeast that causes severe abdominal distress in canines. In extreme cases, it may even induce coma or death.