Pet Poisons: Common Household Hazards That Can Harm Your Pet, A Guest Blog By

Spring sure has arrived early for many of us in the U.S. Here in Michigan our normal highs should be in the 40s and we have experienced temperatures in the 70s and low 80s for about a week now!

I took a walk this morning and the buds on the trees are fat and plump, which doesn’t usually happen until late April or early May!

With the early arrival of Spring, Spring cleaning will more than likely be occurring earlier as well. Whether it be indoor cleaning or outdoor gardening/fixing-up, there are things we should watch out for that could put our pets at risk. has you covered with important tips in their blog post below!

Pet Poisons: Common Household Hazards That Can Harm Your Pet


  • Detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate
  • Household cleaners, such as bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet bowl cleaners can cause gastrointestinal ulcers in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: varies
  • Insecticides in flea and tick products can cause problems if not used according to labels. Insecticides that are meant for dogs can cause severe toxicity in cats, leading to vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe
  • Mothballs, especially if they contain naphthalene, can be toxic to dogs and cats, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, increased drinking and urination and seizures. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe
  • Yard Care/Garden:

  • Yard products, including snail and slug bait, herbicides and fertilizers, are never good for pets. Signs will vary by the ingredient. Toxicity Ranking: varies
  • Fertilizers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides. Keep dogs and cats away from treated lawns until they are dry. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate
  • Lilies — Easter, day, tiger, Japanese and Asiatic varieties — can cause kidney failure in cats. Lilies of the valley can cause heart rhythm problems and death in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe
  • Tulip bulbs can lead to mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate (potentially life threatening)
  • For more information on household hazards and many other pet topics, please visit 

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  1. Very good reminders…especially since Chewy seems to eat anything!

    • Sara, Chewy is not alone…I am the SAME way!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Excellent guest post on such an important topic!

    So many people don’t realize that lilies are so dangerous to cats! We actually had a young cat die last Spring at the vet from eating lilies. It was so sad because the owners knew the cat was eating the them but had no idea they were so toxic. That’s why it is so important to share the message!

    • Yep Jen it IS a super important topic as you well know.

      OMG that is so sad about the cat. I had a similar story that I wrote about on Cat Chat in early 2009 I think…it was called Zack’s Precious Message and it was about his cat named “Precious” who died having done the same thing. It was simply heartbreaking.

      Hope you have a great day!

      Love, “Mom”

  3. Thank you for sharing this info Dakota 🙂
    I always try to keep my pets away from the kitchen and washing machine…especially Kroten because I don’t want her to suddenly eat something poisonous

    • Hi Novroz! you are most welcome!!

      You are quite smart…I think Kroten would try and eat things (Like I do) because Kroten loves to eat (like I do! BOL!)

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Good info! Thanks for posting/sharing!

    • Hi Pepper! How have you been? My Mom and I apologize because often we just don’t have the time to be on Twitter like we would like to. We can barely keep our heads (and paws) on straight!!!

      Mom has 2 blogs and we have my human “bonus” sister getting married in June and other responsibilities and are sometimes just too busy!

      We hope that you have been well!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Great reminders as we head into the spring!

    • thanks Tim! Couldn’t agree with you more!
      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Let’s all be very careful out there! Happy spring! Take care

    • that’s true Old Kitty for sure!!! Happy Spring to you too!


  7. And me had SNOW today!

    • Nellie!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooo!!!!! Don’t say that word! BOL!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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