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101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

101 Things
You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

Household Items

It's important to "pet-proof" your home as much as possible by making sure potentially poisonous substances like the ones that make up #8 to #25 on our list are always out of paw's reach.

Cleaning and laundry products

Keep your pet's nose out of your cleaning supplies while you're scrubbing away, and put them away safely when you're done. Laundry products can also be dangerous to pets. For instance, fabric softeners may contain detergents called cationics that are particularly toxic to cats, so don't let your kitty romp around with your dryer sheets. The key to using cleaning supplies safely is to closely follow the directions.

  • 24. Detergents
  • 25. Fabric softener
  • 26. Drain cleaners
  • 27. Oven cleaner sprays
  • 28. Disinfectants
  • 29. Bleach
  • 30. Lime/scale remover


  • 31. Painting products, like paints, paint thinners, polishes, varnishes, and stains
  • 32. Lighter fluid
  • 33. Lead
  • 34. Liquid potpourri
  • 35. Tobacco products

Anti-pest products

Some insecticides and rodenticides are designed to attract pests, but they may attract your pet as well. Don't use them in areas where your pet can get at them, and follow package directions carefully.

  • 36. Insecticides
  • 37. Flea and tick products
  • 38. Rodent bait
  • 39. Mothballs
  • 40. Fly bait
  • 41. Slug and snail bait

Automotive products such as antifreeze, brake fluid, engine oil, or other petroleum hydrocarbon/distillates can also be harmful to your pet as well as expandable glues like Gorilla Glue®.

Home Hazards

Real Story+

“Sweetie, our beautiful Pomeranian, is so small she's able to reach behind most things – like an almost secure place in the garage where we placed rat poison! We found her nibbling on it and rushed her to the vet. They pumped her stomach and kept her for observation.

She recovered quickly and we really appreciated having ASPCA Pet Health Insurance to help manage the bills!”

— Kathleen S., Tampa, FL

Did You Know?

US pet parents spent $13.4 billion on veterinary care in 2011!* Get help managing these costs with pet insurance plans you can customize to fit your budget. Learn more.

*American Pet Products Association, 2012

*Sources: ASPCA.org and internal claims data. For details or a copy, contact jennifer.s@hartvillegroup.com.

+Customer stories are examples of recent claim payouts. Reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change.

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