Household Hazards for Dogs

Have you recently adopted a canine buddy? Congratulations! As a responsible pet parent, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and safe. We strongly recommend taking stock of your household, and securing or removing any hazardous items to ensure that Fido can’t accidentally hurt himself. Below, a Simi Valley, CA veterinarian discusses some household hazards for dogs.


Many of our favorite foods are very, very bad for Fido. Chocolate; avocados; macadamia nuts; grapes, raisins, and currents; and alcohol are a few things that are toxic to our canine pals. Garlic, onions, chives, and scallions are also on the no-no list, as are fatty, sugary, or processed foods, and anything with xylitol in it. Ask your vet for more information.


Make sure to keep household and automotive chemicals away from your pooch. Antifreeze, automotive products, household cleaners, pesticides, rodenticides, insecticides, and fertilizers are all dangerous to dogs. Even if Fido just walks through a spill, he could get very sick if he licks his paws.

Small Items

Man’s Best Friend has been known to eat many various small items. Dental floss, dryer sheets, coins, batteries, pantyhose, jewelry, and craft kit pieces are a few examples of items that are hazardous to our canine buddies.


Pools are also dangerous to dogs. Even if Fido can swim, he may become panicked and get into serious trouble if he falls in! Pool coverings are also a hazard, as your pup may jump onto it, not realizing that it isn’t a solid surface. Make sure your dog knows where the stairs are, and don’t let him near the water unsupervised.


Human medications can be very, very dangerous to pets! Store any medicine securely, in a spot where your furry pal can’t reach them.


If Fido gets into the trash, he could choke on wrappers or cooked bones, or eat something that is toxic to him. Use garbage cans with secure lids.


Remove any toxic plants from your home. Check the ASPCA site for a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Other Items

Candles, fireplaces, electrical wires, and plastic bags are also dangerous to our furry pals. Ask your vet for specific advice on other household dangers.

Does your furry friend need shots or an exam? Please contact us, your local Simi Valley, CA vet clinic, anytime!

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