Most know to keep chocolate, antifreeze, and pesticides well out of reach of pets, but there are many other common household items that pose a poisoning risk to pet. American Humane has published a list of lesser known, potentially toxic household items that pet owners should be aware of. Items on the list include
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), and other common over-the-counter medications
- Fabric softener sheets
- Sugar-free candies, mints, and other snacks
- Grapes and raisins
Because many of these items are small, common, and often easy to accidentally leave in reach of a pet, American Humane stresses that care be taken to secure them from your pets. Further, because some of the more potent items on this list — such as the artificial sweetener Xylitol — can result in catastrophic organ failure with only brief or small exposure, it’s important for pet owners to minimize the possibility of accidental ingestion.
For the full list of surprising household poisons, as well as signs of poisoning to watch out for, read American Humane’s full article.