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Small Pet Safety: Common Household Hazards


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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The following items are all dangerous to some degree if ingested, nibbled, or placed in contact with your pet. Some can cause death almost instantly. Others may cause only a mild reaction, but it is best to remove them from any areas where they would be in contact with your small pet.

This is not a complete list, so if you are in any doubt about something that your pet has eaten or been in contact with, please contact your veterinarian or the National Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Common hazards to avoid:

Acetaminophen Acetone Alcohol Ammonia Antifreeze Aspirin Bleach Boric acid Brass cleaner Caffeine Camphophenique Carbon monoxide Charcoal lighter fluid Chlorine Chocolate Christmas tinsel Coffee Cola Copper cleaner Corn removers Crayons Deodorants Deodorizers Detergents Disinfectants Drain cleaner Dry-cleaning fluid Easter-basket grass Fabric dye Fabric softener Flea/tick products Floor polish Furniture polish Gasoline Gun cleaner Gun powder Hair dyes Herbicides Hexachlorophene Insecticides Iodine Kerosene Laxatives Lead Lighter fluid Lye Matches Medicines Mineral spirits Model glue Mothballs Muriatic acid Nail polish Oven cleaner Paint Paint remover Paint thinner Perfume Perm solutions Pesticides Photo solution Pine oil Plants Poisons Polish remover Raw meat Rodent poison Rubbing alcohol Shaving cream Shaving lotion Shoe polish Silver polish Sleeping pills Snail bait Soaps Solvents Spot remover Spray starch Sulfuric acid Suntan lotions Super Glue Tar Toilet bowl cleaner Turkey bones Turpentine Wart remover Wax Weed killer Window cleaner Wood preservative Wood stain

 

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