Dangerous Spots for Pets in the Home

There a few spots in any typical home that present hazards for pets, regardless of how cautious you may be. Luckily, awareness and preparation can make the danger minimal! Your Raleigh, NC veterinarian explains further below.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is perhaps the most hazardous place in your home for a pet, especially if your animal companion is the curious type. For one, a kitchen likely contains all sorts of potentially dangerous foods—the list includes grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocado, chocolate, candy, coffee grounds, salt, fatty foods, and more. Also keep in mind that a kitchen contains a lot of sharp edges, from knives and forks to cheese graters and can openers. Plus, there are all sorts of hot surfaces, like ovens, stovetops, pots of boiling water, coffee makers, and toasters.

Avoid kitchen hazards by putting away all sharp objects, storing hazardous foods in cabinets or the refrigerator, and restricting your pet’s access to hot surfaces.

The Supply Closet

Any home’s supply closet contains chemical products that pets shouldn’t get anywhere near. Since a determined pet may be able to chew right through a plastic bottle cap, it’s important to store chemicals on the higher shelves of the closet or cabinet, and keep it closed and/or locked at all times.


If your pet likes to lounge on windowsills, make sure each window has a sturdy screen. Every year during the warmer months, veterinarians see an increase in the number of fall-related injuries. This is often due to improper or missing screens in windows, which pets can slip out of if they’re not careful.

The Laundry Room

The laundry room may seem innocent enough, but remember that some pets—especially cats—may enjoy climbing into a soft, warm bed of clothes in a dryer. Things could get ugly if a cat were to be trapped inside and the unit started! Close washer and dryer doors when the machines aren’t in use, and always check inside before starting the unit.

The Bathroom

Like the supply closet, a bathroom might contain cleaning solutions with harmful chemical ingredients. Medications and certain hygiene items can also prove dangerous. Plus, young or small pets can always slip and fall into an open toilet—one more reason to keep the lid closed!

If you’d like more advice on how to keep your pet safe from hazards in your own home, contact your Raleigh, NC veterinarian.

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