Most of us have a pet that has come into our lives and provided us with the best companionship that one could find. We shower them with all the love and security that we can provide. We consider them to be a part of our family. We think if we can basically get their vaccinations and keep them groomed, well fed, and safe that we are good pet owners. That constitutes good in my book. However, there are dangers lurking in and outside of our homes that we may not be aware of. Pet owners beware of common everyday household items are everywhere that can be lethal to our little friends.

Another outdoor chemical that can be lethal to animals are de-icing salts that are often used in the winter to melt snow and ice. Animals can walk through these products and get them on their paws. If they lick there paws it will make them sick. If you use these products, or if the salt trucks are in your neighborhood, make sure you clean your pets paws when they come inside. Summer and spring dangers include fertilizer, plant food, and insecticides. They can be poisonous to your pets. Carefully read all labels on these products if your animal stays outside unsupervised. Rat poisons can be toxic to animals if they eat the rodents, especially cats.

There are a large number of plants that are poisonous. Actually, there are literally thousands of plants that are toxic to animals. An extensive list of these can be found on the internet.. This list in not all inclusive, but it will give you a good idea of the most common plants. Lilies are especially lethal for cats. They can cause kidney failure. Other popular varieties include azaleas, boxwoods, hollies, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, tulips, and wisteria. Some popular plants that are toxic to dogs include aloes, begonias, carnations, hostas, and irises. Foxglove, lily-of-the-valley, mums, and needlepoint ivy along with a long list of many others are toxic to horses. Not all of these are lethal, but if you notice that your animal is listless, vomiting or has any gastrointestinal problems, one of these plants could be your culprit.

Amber (25410)One of the cruelest and stupidest things that some people believe is that temperature doesn’t affect an animal. You see animals tied outside in the extreme heat and cold all of the time. Yes animals in the wild can survive outside. This is because they are free. If they are cold they travel to where the heat is and vice versa. If an animal is tied outside in these extreme measures, then they are miserable. I have seen a Shetland pony freeze to death. I have seen a Pekinese die of heat exhaustion after only being tied out for 2 hours. And for God’s sake don’t leave your pets or your children in a car unattended. I know this is common knowledge, yet we see the deaths year after year from heat exhaustion.