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Posted on 10-25-2017

10 Items Your Austin Veterinarian Recommends Keeping Away From Your Pet

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A pet emergency can happen when you least expect it. While not all accidents are avoidable, there are many things you can do to maintain your animal's safety in your home.

For one thing, keeping all potentially hazardous objects out of reach of your cat or dog is essential. Our emergency veterinarian team educates pet parents from all over Austin about the common (and sometimes surprising) household objects that can pose a danger to animals. 

10 Common Household Items That Should Stay Out of Reach of Your Cat or Dog

If you have any of the following items in your home, be sure that they remain securely stored so that your cat or dog can't reach them, and supervise your pet closely when they are around them:

  1. Holiday decor, including tinsel, small ornaments, string lights, and anything with electrical wires
  2. Chicken Bones
  3. Human foods that are toxic to pets, including chocolate, raisins, onions, garlic, and products containing xylitol 
  4. Household plants that are toxic to pets, including tulips, poinsettias, mistletoe, lilies, azalea, and sago palm
  5. Kitchen and bathroom trash (including soiled paper towels, aluminum foil, dental floss, and used feminine hygiene products)
  6. Rodent poison
  7. Household chemical cleaners
  8. Pet and human medications
  9. Small children's toys and other items that can pose a choking hazard
  10. Candles, burning incense, wood stoves, and fireplaces 

Did Your Cat or Dog Eat Something Potentially Dangerous? Our Austin Emergency Veterinarian Team is Standing By 

Our experienced Austin veterinarian team helps thousands of animals every year who ingest a foreign object or a poisonous household chemical. In some cases, these situations can become life-threatening. If you believe that your pet has gotten into something it shouldn't have, don't hesitate. Call the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin right away at (512) 331-6121, open 24 hours. Our emergency veterinarian team also serves South Austin on nights, weekends, and holidays: call (512) 899-0955 for help at this location. 

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