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Household Products That Are Dangerous to Pets

October 1, 2016

Dogs and cats have many wonderful qualities. Our four-legged pals certainly brighten and enrich our lives with their loving snuggles, cute faces, adorable antics, playfulness, and curiosity. Unfortunately, our furry friends’ natural inquisitiveness can sometimes work against them. Fluffy and Fido don’t always know what’s safe for them, so it’s up to you to protect them from potential hazards. Here, a local Fort Collins, CO vet lists some common household products that are dangerous to pets.

Lawn/Garden Products

Fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and other lawn and garden products can be very hazardous to pets. Dogs and cats can get sick just by licking their paws after walking through a spot you just treated! Choose non-toxic options when possible, and wipe your pet’s paws and belly with a damp cloth after they’ve been outside. It can also help to give your lawn a good watering after applying these products, so the residue goes into the soil.


Human medications are very dangerous for pets. Dogs are particularly at risk, because they’re more likely to, well, eat things that aren’t food. Keep both prescription and OTC meds in a secure cabinet.

Pest Control

Rodenticides, insect traps, ant bait, and other pest control products are just as dangerous to pets as they are to vermin. Use pet-safe options for keeping uninvited guests off your property.

Automotive Chemicals

Automotive products are extremely toxic to pets. Antifreeze is a particular concern: it’s poisonous to pets, but, unfortunately, has a taste many animals like. Clean up any spills immediately, and cover stains with kitty litter or sand. We also recommend keeping your furry buddy out of the garage.

Cleaning Products

Many common cleaning agents contain chemicals that may work great at removing stains, but are very dangerous for our furry pals. Keep your cleaning products in a secure place, well out of your pet’s reach.


If you know or suspect that your furball has ingested or had contact with any of these substances, call your vet immediately, and ask for specific instructions. You may also want to keep a few poison control numbers handy. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at 888-426-4435, and the Pet Poison Helpline number is 800-213-6680. (Note: charges may apply.)

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Fort Collins, CO pet clinic, anytime!

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