As most animal lovers know, some pets will eat anything they can get their paws on - animal, vegetable or mineral. Unfortunately, not everything is good for our furry friends.
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week for Pets, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is urging Americans to purge their houses of any substances that may be dangerous for cats and dogs.
"National Poison Prevention Week is an opportune time to educate pet owners about the many toxic substances that can harm our pets," Dr Steven Hansen, senior vice president of the ASPCA's Animal Health Services, said. "Our animal companions depend on us to be informed and protect them from danger."
So, what potentially hazardous materials does the ASPCA recommend that homeowners pay close attention to?
To help animals
avoid an overdose, keep over-the-counter and prescription medications stored safely away in high places.
To help animals avoid edible objects, like chocolate, grapes, avocado and certain citrus fruits, which are also potentially harmful, keep human food carefully guarded against prying paws.
The organization also suggests that owners help pets help themselves, and avoid bringing certain flowers like azalea, lilies, and kalanchoe into their homes - beautiful blooms could prove poisonous to pets that are compelled to taste them.