We have lots of products and objects at home that can be very dangerous for our pets. Specially if you have a sneaky one in the family!
To protect them, we just need common sense and take some precautions, same as with kids: move things out of reach, don't expose them to certain substances, don't leave them alone for long periods of time...
If you have mosquitos and flies (or other insects) at home, you probably use some insecticide to get rid of them. Specially now in summer. Use it carefully. If the smell bothers you, imagine how your pet might feel. Also, it can be toxic.
If you need to use a spray, do it when your pet is not in the room. Leave the odor dissipate before he or she comes back.
With anti-flea products, read the prospectus carefully and never use a product for dogs on your cat and viceversa. It could be fatal.
2. Cleaning products
Most cleaning products contain chemicals that are toxic for pets. We told you about it here.
Be careful with floor and bathroom cleaners, softener and air fresheners. The best option is to use natural and eco-friendly products. There are also some pet-friendly products for households with pets.
Some plants are toxic for dogs and cats, so be sure to be informed before you get any for your house, or your garden.
Be careful with hydrangeas, poinsettias or ivy among others.
Some human meds are highly toxic for our pets. Ibuprofen is an example. You shouldn't give them paracetamol either without prescription from a vet. If your pet is sick, go to the clinic. Never give them anything without asking a professional first.
Equally important: leave meds out of his or her reach.
Studies have proved that environmental tobacco increases the probabilities of cancer in dogs, and specially in cats.
But passive smoking it's not the only problem. Lots of pets are poisoned by eating a cigarette or a nicotine gum.
We already gave you a list of toxic food you should never feed your dog. Make sure he or she cannot reach them: don't leave them in the kitchen counter, don't leave the trash can open...
These are not the only dangers hidden in your home, but they are probably the more common ones, because sometimes we are not even aware of them.
If your pet spends time alone, or if he or she is not trained yet and tends to literally poke its nose into everything, is very important that you have these tips into consideration.
If an accident occurs, or if you have any doubts, go straight to the vet.