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Household Dangers for Dogs

September 15, 2018

Dogs have many wonderful qualities. They are cute, lovable, smart, friendly, and very playful. Actually, our canine pals may be a little bit too playful. Fido doesn’t always know what is and isn’t safe for him to play with. He also has a habit of eating, well, pretty much anything and everything. This is a dangerous mix! Therefore, you’ll want to take some steps to make sure that your home is safe for your furry buddy. Read on as a Washington DC vet discusses household dangers for dogs.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp can be a hazard to a playful pooch. This includes things like batteries, jewelry, nails, tacks, pens, fishing tackle, and coins.


Fido loves to explore, and often seizes every chance to escape. If you have a yard for your pet to chase squirrels around in, make sure that your fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Toxic Plants

Many popular plants are actually toxic to our furry friends. Azaleas, lilies, daffodils, and oleanders are just a few. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website here .


Plastic bags, wires, and ties can pose serious choking risks to your canine buddy. Be sure to store these things well out of paws’ reach!


Household cleaning agents, automotive products, paints, and other chemicals are very dangerous to dogs. Antifreeze is a particular concern, as it has a taste that many dogs like. Keep these things in secure, puppy-proof places.


Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and other lawn/garden products are very dangerous to your furry buddy. Fido could get sick just by walking through a recently-treated area and then licking his paws!


Our canine companions are very, very enthusiastic about food. Be very careful with what you offer your pooch! Never give Fido anything that contains chocolate; garlic, onion, or chives; nuts; xylitol; grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; avocado; pitted fruits; or raw meat, dough, or yeast. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are small candies.


Candles and pets are not a good combination! Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure places. If you have a fireplace, put a secure grate in front of it.

Please contact us, your Washington DC vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here for you!

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