Do you have the best dog on the planet? All dog lovers seem to think they do. After all, that’s YOUR dog! That’s the dog you love to shower with affection, give special treats to, and take for walks after work.
Of course, dogs require some work, too. You have to train them on some basic commands. You need to groom and bathe them regularly. And you have to look after their health.
While your vet will always be there in the case of an emergency, there are a few things you have to do, too. Heart-worm and flea and tick medications are a necessity. You have to make sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations. And you have to watch out for them at home – making sure they don’t swallow anything they’re not supposed to.
Yes, most dogs are game to try new things – even when they shouldn’t! And, unfortunately, your home contains some common things that are quite poisonous to dogs.
Not sure what to avoid? Here’s a list of some common things you’ll want to keep away from your pet!
1. Over-the-Counter Medications
Yes, you’ll want to store your common over-the-counter medications away from your dog. Things like acetaminophen, naproxen, and ibuprofen are common items that vets see dogs swallow – and can harm or kill your pet.
2. Prescription Medications
If you have prescription medications, be sure to store them safely away from your dog.
3. Human Food
They sure do like the looks of many of the things you eat – but lots of things are not good for them. The ASPCA has put together a list of foods that pets should avoid.
4. Household Cleaning Products
If you have a dog who can open cupboards, you might want to consider childproofing them, so they can’t get to your cleaning products.
5. Veterinary Medications
In the dose prescribed, the medications your vet gives you for your pet are fine. But they can be dangerous if consumed in large quantities.
6. Lawn and Garden Products and Insecticides
Keep these stored securely, so your dog does not ingest them. Additionally, you can look for pet-friendly products.
Why would your pet want to eat a plant? The better question is: Why not? Sometimes they just don’t know that plants aren’t food. (Silly dogs!) Here’s a list of Toxic Plants for Dogs.
Of course, when in doubt, bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible if they’ve consumed something they shouldn’t. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and keep your pet safe and healthy.