How to start a dog walking business: Step Five

Household Dangers for Dogs

Household dangers for dogs – Things to be mindful of when you enter a client’s home. 

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household dangers for dogs

Household Dangers for Dogs


1. Chocolate, both candy, and desserts: Chocolate contains theobromine, as well as caffeine, both highly toxic to dogs.

2. Coffee, Coffee Beans, and Coffee Grinds: The caffeine in coffee and tea does not harm humans unless ingested in huge quantities, but even small amounts can harm – even kill – small dogs.

3. Sugar-free candy or gum: Sugar-free gum and candy contain xylitol, a sugar substitute highly toxic to dogs. Even a small portion can make your pet very ill.

4. Alcohol (including Beer): Besides liver and kidney problems, alcohol can cause acidosis, which can prove harmful and even fatal to dogs

5. Yeast Dough: Keep your dog away from yeast dough. If ingested, the dough will continue to expand in their stomachs, releasing ethanol and causing alcohol toxicosis.

6. Grapes and Raisins: The reason is not pinpointed, but grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.

7. Onion: Onions kill canine blood cells, causing Heinz Body Anemia – a life-threatening condition.

8. Macadamia Nuts: These nuts not only harm dogs due to high fatty acid content, but in many cases, even a few macadamia nuts can cause muscle problems, weakness, tremors, fatigue, and vomiting in dogs.

9. Various Seeds and Pits, including Apple, Cherry, Apricot, Avocado, and Peach: Many fruits contain compounds that are dangerous to certain dogs (e.g., persin in avocado), but the pits at the center always pose a danger

10. Raw Potatoes: Raw potatoes contain solanine, a compound toxic to dogs. Cooking potatoes reduces the amount of solanine.

11. Common Plants and Herbs: There are dozens of common plants and herbs that are dangerous to your dog, including but not limited to azalea, oleander, aloe vera, lily, daffodil, chrysanthemum, tulips, autumn crocus, ivy, begonia, morning glory, yew, castor bean and many types of mushrooms.


1. Human Pharmaceuticals: Acetaminophen in Tylenol is an example of a drug that poses a danger to dogs from interfering with their oxygen flow. Human drugs should not be ingested by your dog.

2. Insecticides: Many insecticides, such as DEET and boric acid, are highly toxic to dogs.

3. Anti-freeze and De-icing salts: Anti-freeze smells sweet but can do terrible things to your dog’s insides. Similarly, licking de-icing salts off the driveway can poison your dog.

4. Fertilizers: Fertilizers smell like a smorgasbord of organic smells – but the nitrogen and phosphates, plus chemicals targeting weeds and insects, pose an acute danger to your dog.

5. Cocoa mulch: Cocoa mulch combines the dangers posed by both fertilizers and chocolate.

6. Rotten Foods, Mold, and Inside of Garbage Cans: It’s quite common to find your dog enjoying rotten food, licking the inside of garbage cans, or licking at the visible mold. These can be highly toxic based on the level of decomposition, salmonella poisoning, active harmful bacteria, and other toxic things.


1. Bones: This may seem crazy, but it’s not. Many types of bones – especially those which may splinter, like chicken bones – can injure your pet

2. Rawhide Chew Toys: Dogs love them, but they can be prime sources of salmonella.

3. Pest Baits and Traps: Even if your dog cannot get the poison inside, swallowing the baits may create a choking hazard. Metal traps will harm them directly.

4. Christmas Ornaments and Small Toys: Dogs tend to swallow small balls and other toys, a major choking hazard.

5. Fabric Softeners: Their smell may attract dogs, but the chemicals are harmful.

6. Batteries: The acid in batteries will produce ulcers and burn the soft tissue if ingested.

7. Thorny Plants and Trees: These may present dangers to over-energetic puppies trying to work off energy. Whippet puppies, for example, have been known to hurt themselves this way.

8. Low Fences: Puppies that have not been house trained have been known to be bound over low fences and expose themselves to dangers in the streets.

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