Poison Prevention Month

Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Month? It’s a great time to take a closer look at some of the most common pet poisons that you may already have in your home. Learn more below from your Orangevale, CA veterinary professional:

Toxic Human Foods

Garlic, onions, chives, leeks, scallions, shallots, grapes, raisins, chocolate, candy, gum, caffeine, fatty foods, salty treats, alcohol… the list of potentially harmful human foods goes on and on! It’s all too easy for your pet to get a paw on something dangerous if it’s kept out on countertops or the kitchen table. Be sure to store all human foods inside closed cabinets or the refrigerator.

Cleaning Supplies

Plenty of cleaning products found in most homes, including household disinfectants, furniture polish, carpet cleaner, bleach, and much more, can prove harmful to pets. It’s important to restrict your pet’s access to the supply closet at all times, and move them elsewhere if you’re using chemicals that give off strong fumes.

Human Medicine

Did you know that everything from aspirin and antidepressants to over-the-counter drugs, prescription pills, and cough syrup can harm a pet who swallows too much? Remember: a child-proof plastic cap may be no match for your pet’s strong jaws! Never allow your pet to gain access to the medicine cabinet, and store all of your own medications separately from those of your pet. Accidentally administering human medicine to your pet could prove disastrous!


If you use pesticides or rodenticides to ward off insect or small-mammal intruders in your home, place these products with extreme caution. Pesticides are poison, and can harm animal companions just as easily as the pests they’re made to get rid of! Try putting pesticide products in areas where pets don’t have access, and consider asking your veterinarian about other pest-control options that don’t involve toxic substances.

Poisonous Plant Life

There is a long list of potentially harmful plants for pets, including dieffenbachia, elephant ear, azalea/rhododendron, lilies, tulips, daffodils, ivy, oleander, the sago palm, various aloe plants, and much more. It’s safest to remove these sorts of plants from your home and garden entirely; ask your vet what sort of poisonous plant life is most common in the area where you live so that you can take appropriate action.

Want more advice on keeping your pet safe during Poison Prevention Month and all year round? Contact your Orangevale, CA veterinarian.

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