There are many things around your house that are potentially dangerous for kids. That's why we make sure homes are baby- and child-proof. But we often forget to do the same for our furry friends.
Things that are harmless for humans can be lethal for animals. This includes everyday food items like almonds, walnuts, pecans, onions, garlic and chives. All these can be poisonous for pets.
Other delicious snacks may also cause harm. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failures, while chocolate can cause arrhythmias and cramps – or even death. So make sure these are out of reach of your cats and dogs.
Other substances to watch out for: medicines and chemicals. You don't let a child get close to your prescriptions or housecleaning products – the same applies for animals. Drugs made for humans can cause stomach aches, gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, even liver and kidney failures in pets.
A big warning – huge – to anyone who has anti-freeze in their home: don't leave that stuff lying around. This particular substance has a sweet smell and taste as it contains ethylene glycol, which dogs in particular love. It's also a dangerous substance that can lead to nerve damage and cramps. – dpa