One of the many things we love about our four-legged companions is the fact that they are so playful and curious. However, that mischievous streak Fluffy and Fido share can get them into serious trouble. You may be surprised at how many common household items are dangerous to our furry friends! Read on as a local York County PA vet lists some household hazards for pets.

Wires and Cords

Many of our furry pals just can’t resist batting at dangling strings or cords. This can be very dangerous, as these things can choke or entangle playful pets. You also don’t want Fluffy or Fido chewing on a live wire, or pulling a lamp down onto themselves.

Plastic Bags and Ties

Plastic is another choking risk. Many cats, in particular, like the texture of it for some reason, and often try to eat it. Keep plastic bags, wrappers, and ties out of paws’ reach!

Flames/Heating Elements

Flames and pets are a very dangerous combination. Candles and potpourri burners are a definite concern here. Keep these things in high, secure spots your furry buddy can’t reach. If you have a fire pit or a fireplace, put a secure grate on it, so your pet can’t get too close.

Toxic Plants

Many of our four-legged pals enjoy chewing on plants. However, not all plants are safe for Fluffy and Fido. While some may only upset your pet’s tummy, others are extremely poisonous. Check the ASPCA site here for a full list of safe and unsafe options.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small and/or sharp is a definite hazard. This includes things like tacks, beads, buttons, jewelry, craft kit pieces, and safety pins, to name just a few. Store these things in drawers or cupboards. If you have a dog that likes to chew, you’ll also want to keep things like shoes and purses in secure spots.


The average household contains quite a few products that are poisonous to pets. Cleaning agents, paints, automotive products, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers are just a few of the things that are unsafe. Fido and Fluffy could get sick just by walking through a recently-treated area and then licking their paws! Medicine, both OTC and prescription, is also very dangerous. Antifreeze is also a concern.

Is your pet due for an exam, vaccines, or parasite control? Contact us, your York County PA vet clinic, anytime!