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Household Hazards for Pocket Pets

Do you have a tiny furball for a pet? Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and other small animals are all very charming and can make wonderful pets. These little guys are very fragile, however, and many common household items can be very dangerous for them. In this article, a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses household hazards for pocket pets.

Wires

Live wires can be very dangerous for pocket pets! Not only could your pet get seriously hurt if he chews on an active cord, he could also pull a heavy object, such as a lamp, down on top of himself. Secure any wires, and wrap exposed ones in protective casing.

Recliners

If your pet is out of his cage, be very careful before getting in or out of a recliner. If your furball is underneath, he could be seriously hurt!

Medicines

Human medicine can be very, very dangerous for our tiny friends. Store all medications securely out of your little buddy’s reach.

Craft Kits

Sewing kits, scrapbook kits, model kits, and other similar items can all be very dangerous for your little buddy. Keep these items in a closed container your pet can’t reach.

Plants

Many common houseplants are dangerous for our furry friends. Some plants are safe for some animals but not for others, so do thorough research on your specific type of pet, and eliminate any dangerous plants.

String

Thread, yarn, rubber bands, dental floss, and even tape can all be very hazardous to tiny furballs. If your pet ingests any, he could get an intestinal blockage.

Chemicals

Pesticides, aerosol products, automotive products, perfumes, and cleaning agents are all hazardous to little furballs.

Food

Many human foods, such as chocolate, avocados, caffeine, alcohol, and xylitol, are toxic to our tiny friends. As with plants, do some research to determine what is and is not safe for your tiny pal.

Toys

Kid’s toys, especially those with moving parts, can be very dangerous to a furry little explorer!

These are just a few things that can pose a danger to a tiny furball. There are many more, including stairs, other pets, drape cords, and cooking fumes, to name a few. To keep your little buddy safe, always supervise your pet closely when he is out of his cage.

If you have any questions about caring for your pocket pet, contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ veterinary clinic, any time!

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