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Tips to Protect Your Pets from Hazardous Materials (to them)

You might be surprised at what is hazardous to your pets!

Pet lovers always have one thing in common we know and feel that our pets are a part of our families. As such we want to protect our pets and one of the best ways we can do that is to know what is hazardous to them.

We've got two dogs (Luna and Little Zeus aka LZ) and our cat Ollie pictured below. We try to be aware of what's hazardous to them, especially food items that we might consume but would be deadly to either our dogs and/or our cat.

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Our friends at Petcurean  have been a great resource for checking out important tips for protecting our pets and avoiding hazardous materials. Since we're a cat and dog family we're going to share tips to protect both!

WHAT TO AVOID FOR DOGS:

  • Chocolate – Most pet lovers know that chocolate is a big no-no for Fido. Chocolate is harmful because of a toxic agent called theobromine, which can make your pup extremely ill and even lead to death.
  • Grapes – A lesser known fact, grapes can lead to kidney failure in dogs. If you want to give your pup a sweet and healthy treat, opt for blueberries instead.
  • Mushrooms – If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside, it’s crucial to check your yard for mushrooms. There are many species of mushroom that are toxic to pets, such as the Amanita phalloides or ‘Death Cap’ mushroom, a potent poison at only 3 grams. Since there’s a multitude of other species that can harm your pet, it’s best to keep your lawn clean of any mushrooms just to be safe.
    • If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous mushroom, take them to the vet and bring the mushroom so the clinic can identify what type of toxin or poison they are dealing with.

LZ and Ollie pictured below have one of those love/hate relationships. Sometimes they play together, sometimes they fight and sometimes they just tolerate each other.  LZ doesn't look very impressed with Ollie below who apparently could care less.

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WHAT TO AVOID FOR CATS:

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  • Tuna – Although tuna is the classic delicacy for a cartoon cat, you should only feed your cat tuna when it’s produced in a cat food format. Tuna made for humans can cause digestive problems in your cat if fed as an occasional treat. Feeding them tuna on a more consistent basis can cause a painful condition called steatitis, or inflammation of the body's fat.
  • Dairy products – Perhaps as iconic as cats and tuna, cats and milk are also a popular pairing. However, as cats age, they can become lactose intolerant causing them to vomit or have diarrhea after ingesting dairy.
  • Lilies – The most common type of lily is toxic to cats only. If your cat eats a lily, it can lead to kidney failure which, if not treated quickly, may result in death.

HARMFUL PLANTS: Many common household plants can have negative effects on your beloved pet. Check your home and make sure you don’t have any of these around!

  • Aloe – There are more than 500 species of aloe vera, all of which are poisonous to your pet. Its toxin, saponin, acts as a defense mechanism and will harm your pet if ingested.
  • English Ivy – English Ivy is one of the most common forms of ivy to grow along the sides of walls and fences, making them easily accessible by outdoor pets and therefore, especially dangerous.
  • Sago Palm – This plant is also a common landscape feature, but a little more difficult for your pet to eat. However, Sago Palm is highly poisonous to pets and can even be fatal.
  • Shamrocks – While relatively harmless in small quantities, a large consumption of shamrocks can lead to kidney failure in your pet.

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Some foods, such as grapes, chocolate, and onions, are dangerous to both cats and dogs. If your pet is exhibiting any of the below behavior, they may be reacting to something poisonous and should be taken to a vet for immediate attention. You can also call the Animal Poison Control Center 24/7 at 855-764-7661 for less urgent concerns or questions.

  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness or Lethargy
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Please be aware of potential hazards to your cats and dogs and take steps to prevent your animals from being exposed to them. Don't forget to check out Pets section for more great tips on caring for your dog or cat.

By on August 25th, 2018

About Powered by Mom

I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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73 thoughts on “Important Tips to Protect Your Pets”

  1. These are some great reminders of foods you should not to feed your pets.
    I didn't know that canned tuna was harmful for cats.

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  2. I swear...I tell one of my family members about grapes ALL the time and they’re like, it’s fruit, how can it be bad?? I’m like WHAT?!? As though I made it up! But they INSIST on giving their dog grapes. They say they don’t give the dog “a lot,” so it’s probably fine. ????

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  3. great tips,,i have two little dogs and one of them gets into everything!,she is the nosiest dog i have ever known! she loves to especially get into paper things such as tissue,etc

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  4. These are great tips to know. I also just learned that some oils are toxic for pets in diffusers which i didn't know either. This time of the year with the holidays good to know all this information to keep our pets safe.

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  5. Ahh you forgot poinsettias! We have one cat that is too curious for his own good. He got sick from one a few years ago and now we wont have them inside anymore. I enjoy them in others homes. Odin doe s surprisingly well with outside things although he will grab a piece of bread the squirrels have dropped now and again.

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  6. After seeing the info on tuna potentially causing steatitis, I'm no longer going to be feeding it to my old man.. He's 15, and I'm not taking the chance.. I recently got him some salmon grain free wet food, and I think we will be sticking to that.

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  7. Thank you for the reminder about what is dangerous to pets. Our little Casey is just like our child and it is always a good idea to read a refresh on how to keep him safe.

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  8. I never knew cats shouldn't have Tuna or Milk. my 14 year old cat always drinks the Milk after my Cereal, and i give her my Tuna Juice when I make Tuna. Guess I'll stop doing that!

    Thanks for the tips and advice!

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  9. Thanks for posting the warning about mushrooms and shamrocks. These are two items that are often overlooked. Safety tips are always an interesting post for me. Thanks!

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  10. Is the Baby Bulles cleansing gel safe for bathing my chihuahua? She has been scratching herself a lot. Thinking an allergy or ??? Thank you

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    • Hi Kay, I'm not familiar with that product. I only use natural pet shampoos on our chihuahua so I can't suggest non-pet ones. I would suggest contacting your vet as it is always possible they have seasonal allergies too. all the best.

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  11. Thanks for sharing. Onions are also not recommended for dogs. I cook my boy's food rather than giving him commercial food. His meals generally include brown rice, veggies (peas, carrots, squash, green beans, sweet potatoes) and olive oil. I also sometimes include pumpkin or unsweetened coconut. And of course, some sort of animal protein (turkey, chicken, beef, salmon). I was recently looking for ground cover for the boggy areas of my yard where the water settles and the grass doesn't want to grow and discovered that lily of the valley is toxic to animals so I will not be able to use it in the backyard but may still use it in the front where he never ventures without being on a leash

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  12. Wow, I didn't know that excessive drooling could be cause by food allergies/poisoning! Thanks for the heads up!

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  13. For dogs cherry steams, leaves, and pits should be avoided as well. I have cherry trees in my backyard and I have to pay close attention when the cherries fall off the trees and be on top of clean up. Great article! I have a magnet with a list of foods to avoid feeding my dogs on my fridge which is a great reminder for me 🙂

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  14. Thank you for writing this. My mother in law just lost her dog. He showed all signs of poison but she didn't get him to a vet fast enough.

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  15. I never knew that grapes for dogs was dangerous! and also tuna for cats, I don't always feed the cats tuna but once a week I have been opening a can up and treating them to some, I'll have to check with there vet for more on this.
    @tisonlyme143

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  16. I occasionally give my cat's human tuna but didn't know it could be harmful to them. I will only give them cat food tuna from now on. Thanks so much for this tip!

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  17. I had no idea Tuna was not good for cats. I always allowed them to clean the can when I make tuna. Guess that ends today.

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  18. I have also heard that dogs should not have onions. Many dogs will also eat things that are inedible...my mom could not lay her dust rag down where the dog could get it because the dog would eat it...along with anything else she could get, edible or not. Another great blog post with awesome information

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  19. Aside from foods, one thing not to use when you have cats is that easter grass, tinsel, or anything with thin, dangerous strings that make your cat deathly ill. 🙂

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  20. My cat loved chewing on my plants but was never a snacker. I would not buy her treats but she loved to eat bugs and when I took her out by the water's edge she would catch crayfish and eat them.

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  21. Glad I'd read about the not giving cats 'Tuna made for humans'. My friends with cats were unaware. Another one of the great services delivered by blogs....great and useful info.

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  22. Glad that you posted these, my cats like to eat tuna but I try to get it in the cat food variety for them, along with canned food.

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  23. This is a very important article. I keep a list of items and foods to keep away from my animals on my refrigerator. Thank you for sharing so others can learn these important tips.

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  24. WOW ... grapes total shocker I no longer have my cats as they passed I could not replace them. I do get my fix of dogs and cats at family and friends. I have to admit never heard of so many of these thing. Sharing this link because it is something my family and friends needs to read

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  25. I appreciate the info, a lot I knew but always good to be reminded of what to do if they ingest something poisonous.

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  26. Wow - this is really helpful! I don't have a pet right now, but I sometimes am asked to pet sit, and I could accidentally do the wrong thing. Yikes, but so glad now I know!

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  27. I think the mushrooms are the toughest here. Odin went blind about ayear ago now and will sniff around and sometimes eat one. I checked with the vet but the first time he ate them I about panced getting him in. Thank goodness they arent harmful but after it rains I do rake them away anyway.

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  28. I knew some of these for cats and dogs but it is a good reminder to be vigilant about what is around and in the house. Definitely have to consider this when planting a garden or buying house plants.

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  29. Knew some, didn't know others, so thanks so much for that...gotta keep those kiddos safe. One thing I would add to keep your pets safe list is to get a sticker for your door to alert firefighters so they know what kind and how many pets you have inside, it could save their lives. The stickers are usually free from different pet agencies.

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  30. Hmm, I hadn't considered the mushrooms that grow in my backyard as being harmful. I've never seen any of my dogs eat them. I might pull them from now on. Thanks for the info!

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  31. Thanks for the list! A lot of people don't know these things can be poisonous.
    P. S. Your Ollie looks like a twin to my Caboodle.

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  32. I didn't know that lily were poisonous, good to know. I've never thought about mushrooms that grow in the yard either, especially all this rain we've been having. I have 4 cats and 1 dog and tons of houseplants but i have cat friendly garden box of catnip and such that's just for them so that helps. Thanks for sharing all the tips!

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  33. Cute fur babies! Great list. Lilies are definitely bad for cats even the ones you see this time of year...Easter Lily. They are very toxic.

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