Did you know that there are items that you probably have in your home that are toxic to your pet? Our team here at North Torrington Veterinary Hospital has put together a list of items you’ll want to safely store and secure away from your pet’s paws.


Drugs. Have a headache? Pop a Tylenol. But, if your pet accidentally gets into some of your human medication, including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen, you could be facing a serious pet health emergency. Other human medicines to keep away from pets include cold medicines, antidepressants, vitamins, diet pills, and drugs that fight cancer.


Strings. We don’t like when strings are attached, but your pet will dislike it even more, because stringy items, including yarn, rubber bands, dental floss, and the like can be easily swallowed by your pet, causing intestinal blockages or even strangulation, both of which can be fatal.


Repellents. Some insect control products, including many over-the-counter flea and tick preventives, could be toxic to your furry pal. Prescription products are always safest, but even a prescription medication meant for a dog could be deadly if used on a cat. Always ask us which flea and tick products are best for your pets.


Cooking spray. No one wins when dinner sticks to the pan, but beware that the spray should only be applied to nonstick cooking surfaces and self-cleaning ovens. When large amounts of cooking spray are ingested, this can lead to gastrointestinal upset and respiratory tract issues for your furry companion.


If you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, please contact us for help.