Your pets can be poisoned too. Follow the same general
tips for humans to protect you animals. The following are some additional
poison prevention tips specifically for your pet:
- Never give your pet any medications unless specifically instructed to do so by a
veterinarian. Many human medications can have dire consequences to animals, even in small
- Never give your dog chocolate. Dogs are particularly sensitive to chocolate, and it is
considered extremely poisonous for dogs.
- Be aware of your houseplants. Many common household plants can cause kidney damage to
your pets if swallowed.
- Keep all medications out of an animal's reach. Pets sometimes get into closed medicine
- Keep hydrogen peroxide (3%) available in case you need to make your animal vomit due to a
poisoning. DO NOT give the peroxide to your pet unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian or a
- When treating your animal for ticks and fleas, read all product labels before you begin.
Follow the safety recommendations given for you and for the animal.
- Hose down your garage or driveway if chemicals leak or spill.
Small amounts of many chemicals can be enough to kill a pet.
- Be aware of neighborhood poisons that may be lurking for your pet.
- slug or snail baits put out in gardens
- yards and gardens recently treated with insecticides
- mushrooms and outdoor plants
- rat and mouse poisons
- snakes and frogs (frogs may be very poisonous if eaten by a pet)
Consejos para Prevenir Envenenamientos e Intoxicaciones (Poison
prevention tips in Spanish)