March is Designated as Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Dr. Larry Mangum

Veterinarian Appalachian Animal Hospital

One of the best things prospective pet owners can do before welcoming new pets into their families is to conduct a poison audit throughout their homes. Pets are often vulnerable to common household items that may not pose a threat to adults. That’s especially true for curious pets anxious to explore their new surroundings. The Pet Poison Helpline, a licensed animal poison control center dedicated to preventing poison-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities to pets, offers this room-by-room breakdown to help existing and potential pet owners find items around the house that could pose a threat to their furry friends.

Attics and basements

· Mothballs

· Rodenticides

· Insecticides

· Paint

Laundry rooms

· Fabric softener

· Bleach

· Detergents, including detergent pods

· Dryer sheets


· Medications, including prescription drugs and over the-counter drugs

· Drain & toilet cleaners

· Lime and rust removers

Living room

· Liquid potpourri

· Devices, including smartphones

· Batteries, such as those inside remote controls

Garages and garden sheds

· Automotive fluids

· Ice melt products

· Lawn and garden products, including weed

killer, grub and snail bait and rodenticides

· Glue

· Bone, blood and feather meal

· Plants

· Compost


· Chocolate

· Macadamia nuts

· Grapes, raisins and currants

· Onions, garlic and chives

· Caffeinated products, such as coffee and tea

· Fatty scraps and bones

· Unbaked yeast bread dough

· Alcohol

· Table salt

· Kitchen cleaning products

Various products around the house can pose a threat to the health of pets. Make products as inaccessible to curious pets as possible by keeping them locked away when not in use.