Everyday Hazards

The following is a list of different items that are common in most households, but can prove to be quite hazardous to pets. Make sure to keep these items out of the reach of your pets.

People Food

Excessive amounts of any non-pet food ingested by animals can be hard to digest and cause an upset stomach and/or diarrhea. In some cases, it could lead to more serious illnesses.


Bones are dangerous for cats and dogs because they can splinter and pierce internal organs, causing serious injury or death. Pieces of bones can also lodge in your pet’s throat and cause choking. Instead of real bones, buy your dog safe rawhide, rubber, or nylon bones that have been manufactured in the United States. Imports may contain pesticides or chemical preservatives.


Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to cats and dogs because their bodies are unable to process it.


Onions can lead to anemia in pets.

Electrical Cords

Since many cats and dogs like to chew, it is important to make sure they do not chew electrical cords, as this could result in burns or electrocution.

Household Cleaners, Medications, and Chemicals

Many common cleaners, medications, and chemicals (including anti-freeze) can be toxic to cats and dogs. These should never be within easy reach of pets.

Household Plants

Some common household plants may be poisonous to cats and dogs. 

Click here for a partial list of poisonous plants.

Animals Allowed to Run Loose

Cats and dogs that are allowed to run loose are in constant danger. They can easily get hit by a car, become lost, eat garbage or poison, or be attacked by other animals, abused by cruel people, and exposed to extreme weather conditions. Loose animals are also a danger to other people. Dogs should be walked on a leash at all times, and cats should be kept indoors or walked on a leash.

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