Household hazards

A cat stands indoors next to a potted lily.

Every home contains a variety of everyday items and substances that can be dangerous or even fatal to pets. You can protect your pet by being aware of the most common health hazards and taking steps to prevent accidents.

What to do if your pet is poisoned

Don’t wait! Time is critical for successfully treating poisoning. Pick up the phone and call your veterinarian, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) or Pet Poison Helpline (1-855-764-7661). A consultation fee may apply. Be prepared to provide your pet’s breed, age, weight, and any signs of illness. Keep the product container or plant sample with you to help identify the source of poisoning so appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.

Other first aid tips for pet owners

Special caution to bird owners

Most hazards listed here apply to your pet bird, particularly if the bird is allowed outside of the cage. In addition, birds are especially sensitive to inhaled particles and fumes from aerosol products, overheated nonstick pots and pans containing polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), essential oils, tobacco products, certain glues, paints, and air fresheners.

To be safe, keep your bird away from areas where such products are being used. This includes kitchens, where exposure to cooking fumes, smoke, and odors may cause severe illness or even death.

Remember: Keep all medications sealed and stored securely, out of reach.

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Also in Spanish: Peligros en el hogar

Poison pills: Common human medications that could harm your pet

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderal)
  • Aspirin
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • Fluorouracil (Tolak, Efudex, Fluoroplex)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Midol, Motrin, etc.)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
  • Pregabalin (Lyrica)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Zolpidem (Ambien)