Household Dangers for Dogs Okemos Pet Training

Dogs love to eat things they’re not supposed to, and while this is harmless most of the time, it can also be deadly.

When you adopt a dog, it’s important that you educate yourself on some of the common dangers that are lurking within your house.

Here’s what you need to know in order to keep your pet safe.

Cleaning Supplies

It’s a good idea to ensure all cleaning supplies stay out of reach of your pets. When you use these products, keep your dog in another room so they are not exposed to the fumes. You might be able to get away with using some cleaning products around your pup without harming them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Dangerous Foods

While some human foods can make a great treat for your dog, others can be dangerous.

Here are a few of the main foods to avoid feeding your dog:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee, tea, or any type of caffeine
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Garlic and onions
  • Raw dough containing yeast
  • Avocados
  • Salt
  • Fruit seeds and pits
  • Alcohol
  • Foods high in fat
  • Xylitol

Never feed your dog human food without first checking with your vet to make sure it’s safe. It only takes a small amount to make your dog seriously sick.


If you drop a pill on the floor, be quick to pick it up. Many common medications, including painkillers, can harm your dog if accidentally ingested. Dogs are smaller than humans, so it only takes a small dose of medication to cause a devastating effect. If your dog does eat one of your medications, call your vet right away.


Before you buy a new plant, it’s important to double check and make sure it’s safe for pets. Some plants can cause mild reactions, such as an upset stomach, when eaten by a dog.

Other plants can cause more serious reactions and even death when ingested. There are plenty of plants that are perfectly safe for pets, so you’ll need to make sure those are the only ones you let into your home.

Other Harmful Items

There is a wide variety of household objects and substances that your pet shouldn’t eat. Some are obvious, but others might surprise you.

Other items to keep out of your dog’s reach include:

  • Batteries 
  • Antifreeze
  • Paint
  • Pest killers
  • String, including dental floss
  • Many bones—check with your vet to see if your dog’s toys are safe
  • Fertilizer
  • De-icing salts
  • Some types of mulch
  • Some essential oils
  • Electrical cords
  • Tinsel
  • Balloons
  • Glue
  • Any small objects or choking hazards

Much like having a new baby, you will need to puppy-proof your home before you adopt a dog. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of things that may endanger your pup. If your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have, please call your vet immediately.

Need Dog Training?

When you tell your dog to drop something, you want them to listen. Our dog and puppy training classes in Okemos are designed to help you form a better connection with your pet. To enroll in one of our dog training courses, call Dog Gone Fun today at (517) 657-4300.