Sugar substitutes – If your dog steals a diet cookie, call a vet. Xylitol a sweetener used in many sugar free candies, chewing gums, baked goods, and toothpastes can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs.

Liquid Potpourri – A cat of dog can be badly burned lapping up hot oils and detergents. And many of the liquid potpourri ingredients can breed ulcers in your animal’s mouth throat, and gastrointestinal tract.

Medications – No sensible pet owner would leave an open prescription bottle within paw’s reach. But beware of closed childproof containers as well: “Animals can crush them.”

Lilies – They make a dazzling centerpiece, but can also be lethal to your cat. Ingesting small amounts can result in kidney damage. Dogs can also get sick from eating azalea or rhododendron, which can lead to vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness, depression of the central nervous system, and in rare cases death.

Polyurethane Glue – You’d never think this stuff would attract your dog. Dogs see a bottle lying on the floor and think it’s a toy. When swallowed, it goes to the stomach, absorbs moisture, and expands to form a large, rocklike mass.

Onions and Garlic – They contain disulfides, sulfur compounds that can cause gastrointestinal irritation to pets and harm their red blood cells.

Grapes and raisins – They can trigger gastrointestinal problems live vomiting and diarrhea or more commonly, kidney failure.

Loose Change – While a pooch can choke on any coin, coins are particularly dangerous because they contain zinc, which is toxic to animals.

Macadamia Nuts – Dogs have become dramatically ill from ingesting just a handful of these. The nuts contain an unknown toxin that can upset your pet’s digestive tract and muscles, setting off severe weakness, mild vomiting, and diarrhea.

Pine oil Cleaners – Scrub your floor with something else the phenol in these products can cause serious liver damage in cats.


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