An orange cat looks down from the top of a cabinet.

Dangerous chemicals are all around us, including in our own homes. From cleaning products to automotive fluids to lawn and garden treatments, the variety of chemicals in our immediate environment can be staggering. 

Taking a sniff or a taste of one of these products isn’t something we can imagine, but many pets find hazardous household chemicals interesting enough to sample. Unless we are willing to switch over to all eco-friendly/pet-safe products, our furry friends will be at risk. Proper storage of pet toxins is key when it comes to keeping the four-legged members of our families safe from harm.

Pet Proofing the Bathroom

Ingestion of medications is one of the most common causes of pet poisonings. Keep all medications (both human and pet), vitamins, and supplements, in a cabinet where pets can’t reach. 

Ammonia, toilet bowl additives, and other cleaning products should be tightly capped and kept in a secure cabinet. Even human toothpaste is toxic to pets and should be stored out of reach.

Kitchen Caveats

The kitchen is chock full of potential pet toxins, from poisonous foods like chocolate, grapes, and the alternative sweetener Xylitol, to household cleaners and more. Keep your pet safe by storing food in the fridge or high cupboards and making sure garbage and recycling bins are tightly closed. 

The following products should also be securely stored out of your pet’s reach:

  • Household cleaning products
  • Insecticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Liquid potpourri or other air fresheners
  • Floor/wood polish or wax 

Storing Pet Toxins in the Garage and Beyond

Garages, storage sheds, and attics tend to hold a wide variety of dangerous chemicals, including antifreeze, which kills thousands of pets each year. The following types of chemicals should be stored in a shed, locker, or cabinet that can be locked from the outside:

  • Automotive fluid, including antifreeze, brake fluid, motor oil, etc.
  • Insecticides and rodenticides
  • Fertilizer and weed killer
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Wood stain and varnish

Clean up spills right away, and check under the car periodically to see if any fluid is leaking.

Keeping dangerous pet toxins away from our curious fur friends is critical for their health and safety. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at New Haven Pet Hospital for more information.