Top 10 Daily Toxins That Can Harm Your Dog

Your pet is a living being that can succumb to toxins in the environment we don’t even think about. Here’s what they are and how to get rid of them.

There are things that we use in our home and environment every day we don’t think twice about. But these same conveniences can be dangerous to our dogs. Be aware of these common toxins and go with an alternative:

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes

Dogs have died from being left outside during aerial spraying, or end up with neurological disorders. Make sure you hose down the yard afterwards to remove any pesticide residues and chemical toxins from the spraying. You could cover the area with a tarp where your dog usually plays and lies in the backyard, and then discard the tarp after the spraying.

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Plastics in Water Bowls

Plastics are endocrine system disruptors that are linked with different types of tumors and cancers of the reproductive organs. Spend a little more and purchase your dog’s dinnerware in stainless steel or ceramic.

Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)

More common in the winter, antifreeze is a common cause of poisoning in small animals. Dogs find its smell and taste appealing, so steer clear of sidewalks and driveways when you see it, and refill your tank when filling up with gas.

Chemicals/Artificial Preservatives in Dog Food

Dogs can be sensitive or can become sensitive to chemicals and artificial preservatives found in dog kibble. If you’ve noticed digestive or skin issues, you may want to try a home cooked or raw diet.

Related: 4 DIY Homemade Cleaners That Are Safe For Dogs


They may make your lawn green, but fertilisers can contain varying amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium compounds, as well as additives such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Forgo the lawn chemicals and go au natural.

Chemically Treated Shampoo

It not uncommon to hear of dogs suffering from skin conditions and hot spots. These can be irritated by the chemicals in certain grooming shampoos. Thankfully, there’s a growing selection of dog shampoos and conditioners that contain natural ingredients without all the chemicals.

Black Mold

Black mold kills not only humans but also pets. And the problem is that the pet will go first. Be vigilant about black mold in the home and do something about it if you find it. Don’t wait.

Formaldehyde in the Carpets and Drapes

If you’ve got carpets and drapes in the home, you’re breathing in formaldehyde on a daily basis. Consider switching to rugs or real wood floors that are not treated with chemicals, and purchasing or treating curtains with an environmentally friendly solution.

VOCs in the Particle Board Furniture

VOCs are volatile organic chemicals – and toxins – that can be inhaled. Interestingly, particle board furniture and the glues in them can cause damage for up to 10 years. Switch to real wood furniture made without glues and particle board.

Ant Baits

Ant baits contain boric acid – this can be toxic to dogs. Ant baits have a sweet smell and taste to attract ants, but that backfires when you have a dog. Instead, spray openings where you’ve seen ants come out of with pure lemon juice.

Donna Schwontkowski
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