26 Jul

Dangerous pet areas in your home


  • Balconies – Tall balconies without safety railings may lead to a dangerous fall.
  • Bath tubs or sinks – When filled with water, a bath tub or a sink can cause a small pet to drown.
  • Doors and windows – Open doors and windows commonly lead to dogs and cats running across busy roads.
  • Electrical cords – Can cause electrocution if plugged into an outlet
  • Fireplace – Flames can result in serious burns to your pet and ashes can cause illness if ingested.
  • Toilets – Toilet water is not healthy for pets to drink; always remember to close the lid.
  • Washer and dryer – Your dog or can can easily crawl into a washer or dryer without you knowing, so be sure to close the doors to these appliances when you are not using them.


  • Algae – Can be found in ponds or other bodies of water, certain forms can be toxic.
  • Antifreeze/Coolant – Some types of antifreeze or coolant products contain ethylene glycol, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats, even in small amounts.
  • Fire pit/Grill – Flames can result in serious burns and ashes can cause illness if ingested.
  • Fences/Gates – Openings in damaged fences or gates can be used by your cat or dog to run away or could lead to strangulation if they become stuck.
  • Deck lattice – Your dog or cat could become stuck in the openings under your deck and possibly strangle.
  • De-icing Salts – Some formulations may contain chemicals that are hazardous to pets if ingested in large amounts. Look for “pet-friendly” de-icing salts.
  • Compost (particularly if moldy)
  • Gasoline
  • Oil
  • Pesticides
  • Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs – Never leave your pet unattended near uncovered pools, even if they can swim.
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