Did you know that some of the most common toxic substances to be ingested by pets are actually human or pet medications? The caffeine pills you leave in your gym bag may seem harmless enough, but if your new puppy finds them, you might have a big problem on your hands. Our dogs and cats manage to get into medications more often than you think! For the year 2014, the #1 most commonly ingested toxic substance handled by the ASPCA’s pet poison Control Center was medication, for the 7th year in a row! Some common medications that are harmful to pets include

  • Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • Vitamin D
  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants

So make sure to keep those medicine bottle lids on tight, and store all medications in a closed cabinet or container that your pets cannot access. If you suspect your pet has eaten ANY medication, you should immediately contact Liberty Vet (513-755-9700) or a pet poison helpline.


It’s not just food, plants, and medications that can make your pet sick, there are other things to look out for as well!

  • Commonly used mouse and rat poisons are HIGHLY toxic to pets.
  • Common fluids in your garage, such as antifreeze, are very toxic as well. Antifreeze in particular has a sweet taste that pets are attracted to. So make sure anything stored in your garage is sealed and kept out of reach.
  • Speaking of things in garages, keep all insecticides, fertilizers, and other lawn and garden products far away from where your pets can find them. Most of these products are toxic to both dogs and cats.
  • Paint and common cleaning products can make your pet sick, too. Try and store these behind closed doors so that you avoid a big mess and a trip to the vet!


It may seem overwhelming that there are so many toxic dangers to your pet, but the more you know, the less likely you are to experience your pet ingesting one of these harmful substances. The best place to refresh your memory about toxic substances is with Liberty Veterinary Hospital. Our website www.libertyvet.net contains tons of information to help keep you and your pet safe, happy, and healthy. Give us a call at 513-755-9700 or schedule an appointment with one of our doctors if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health.

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