FURRY FRIENDS SAFETY TIPS … In and Around the Home! Part 5

Welcome back as we conclude our 5 Part Series on Safety Tips for our 4-Legged Furry Friends. Check out some more of our safety tips for hazards that may be lurking in your garage. From the great outdoors to the kitchen, bedroom and everywhere in between, we ALL want to keep Tiger and Fido HAPPY & SAFE!

Hazards in the Garage

  • Paints and Solvents – Paint thinners, mineral spirits and other solvents are dangerous and can cause skin irritation or chemical burns. It’s important that they are not swallowed nor come in contact with your pet’s skin. While most latex house paints typically produce a minor stomach upset if ingested, artist’s specialty paints may contain heavy metals and volatile substances that could become harmful if inhaled or ingested.
  • Antifreeze, Herbicides and Insecticides – Ethylene glycol found in antifreeze and coolants, even in small quantities, can be fatal to both dogs and cats. While antifreeze products containing propylene glycol are less toxic than those containing ethylene glycol, they can still be dangerous. Other substances routinely stored in the garage including insecticides, plant/lawn fertilizers, weed killers and gasoline also pose a real threat to your pet’s health, if ingested.
  • Chemical lawn treatments – Wet chemicals applied to grassy areas must be avoided by your furry friend during the manufacturer’s recommended time. If pets are exposed to wet chemicals or granules that adhere to their paws, they may ingest the chemicals causing stomach upset or more serious problems.
  • Common Sense Solution – Secure all bottles, boxes and containers of these substances inside a locked cabinet or store them on high shelves that your furry friend cannot reach.


Don’t wait! Call your Vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Time is critical for successfully treating accidental poisoning. Be prepared to state your dog or cat’s breed, age, weight and any symptoms. Have the product container or plant sample nearby to assist with identification so the appropriate treatment recommendations can be made.

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