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10 Things In Your House That Can Make Your Pet Sick

Bad news, smokers and chocolate lovers.
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If you have a pet, there's probably nothing you wouldn't do to keep him or her safe. But your house is likely filled with food, medication, and even cleaning supplies that most people don't know are toxic and dangerous for animals. Toss or hide these items now!

Bread Dough


Even though some food scraps are safe to toss to your dog as a pre-dinner treat, dough is not one of them. It can expand in their stomach, which could cut off blood supply and require surgery to fix. Plus, yeast produces alcohol, which could lead to seizures or respiratory failure.

Lillies


If this is your favorite flower (and either way, Easter is around the corner), consider yourself warned: Lilies can can cause kidney failure in cats and heart rhythm issues or death in both dogs and cats. Other toxic plants pet owners should avoid at home are azaleas, mistletoe, and philodendron.

Medication


Pain killers, cold meds, vitamins and even ointments or creams (since your dog will likely chew through the tube) should be kept out of reach, because even though they're formulated to help your health, they're toxic to animals.

Leftover Bones


Even though tossing a chicken wing to your dog might feel like a generous way to show your pet you love them, if the bone shatters due to being chewed on, your dog could choke. Yikes! It might be safer to stick with pet store teething toys instead.

Chocolate


We're sure chocolate is a must-have for movie marathons with your girlfriends. But if your pet is planning on joining you, it might be safer to skip this sweet since it's poisonous for cats, dogs, and ferrets.

Floss


This material is easy to swallow and when that happens, it becomes super dangerous, potentially causing intestinal blockages or strangulation in your pet. Other similar items you should watch out for include string, yarn and rubber bands.

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Batteries


While a battery keeps your pets' laser toy working, it could cause ulcers in their mouth, esophagus, or stomach when eaten.

Sidewalk Salt


The same stuff that keeps your pet from slipping in the winter might also irritate their paws. And since this salt is poisonous, you do not want your pet licking it off themselves. Instead, wash their paws as soon as they come inside or invest in some animal shoes.

Fabric Softener Sheets


After taking a load of laundry out of the dryer, make sure you collect all the sheets you added before the cycle started. If your pet gets ahold of them, they might think it's a fun play toy, when in reality these sheets can cause ulcers in their mouth, esophagus, or stomach.

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