Pet-Proofing Your Home for Safety

Is your home a pet-safe zone? Probably, but there are many common household items that can be dangerous to your pet’s health. Check your home and the location of the following items to see if they are out of your pet’s reach:

  • Over-the-Counter medications such as vitamins, aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, diet pills, and cold and flu medications.
  • Prescription medications such as antidepressants or cancer treatment medications.
  • Home insecticides, fly bait, mothballs, rat and mouse bait, slug and snail bait, and flea & tick products.
  • Household cleaners such as bleach, disinfectants, drain cleaners, oven cleaner spray, and lime or scale remover.
  • Laundry products including detergent and fabric softener.
  • Tobacco products.
  • Poisonous liquids such as lighter fluid, paint thinner and other solvents, and liquid potpourri.
  • Lead, including lead-based paint.

You should keep these items either up high, out of your pet’s reach or in a cupboard that is locked. You can use childproof locks for cabinets to keep your pet out of cabinets. If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the items listed above, seek immediate veterinary care. Our phone number is 317.257.5334 or 317.726.2711 and if we are not open, you can be directly connected to the veterinary emergency clinic nearest you by listening to our after-hours recording and selecting one of the listed options.

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