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Pet-Proofing Against Poison: A Crucial Guide for Pet Owners

Uncover the surprising household hazards that could endanger your furry friends. From the medication in your cabinet to the plants in your living room, learn how to safeguard your pets against common yet potentially lethal toxins lurking in plain sight.

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  • About half of the calls received by the Pet Poison Helpline involve items that are safe for humans but toxic to pets
  • The first step to protecting your pet is knowing which household substances may be poisonous
  • Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for humans earned the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Animal Poison Control Center’s top toxin list
  • Plants, both indoors and outdoors, can also pose a danger to pets, as can foods, including grapes/raisins and chocolate
  • Xylitol, sometimes known as birch sugar, is a sugar alcohol that’s toxic to dogs

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