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What Pet Parents Need to Know

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Countless households in America treat their cats and dogs like they would their own kids. And just like with any human child, it's imperative that pet owners safeguard their furry friends against the dangers that lurk in their home.

According to Trupanion, the 10 most common substances toxic to cats and dogs that are commonly found at homes include:

1. Chocolate
2. Rat Poison
3. Common household drugs (like NSAIDs, Advil, and Acetaminophen)
4. Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum)
5. Grapes and Raisins
6. Mushrooms
7. Plants (like lily or sago palm)
8. Marijuana
9. Onions and Garlic
10. Antifreeze

Of the above substances, some are more toxic for felines, and others more dangerous for canines. For example, chocolate is most harmful to dogs (due to the ingredient theobromine), while lilies are incredibly toxic to cats and can lead to kidney failure if the feline simply licks the flower's bulb.

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"The best option is to keep these toxins out of your pet's reach. If you think your pet has been exposed to any of these toxins, it is important to stay calm and act quickly," Kerri Marshall, DVM, told Trupanion. "Keep your veterinarian's contact information and a pet first aid kit readily accessible in case of an incident."

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