Do you know which common household items are dangerous for your furry and feathered friends? Many pet owners don’t learn until it’s too late that their pets are in danger from objects that seem perfectly innocuous to a human. Keeping your beloved dogs, cats, rodents, and birds safe means learning which items are hazardous for them and then making sure their environment is as danger-free as possible. It also involves finding toys for home alone cats and an entire list of animals to keep them entertained when you are away

A playful pet can get into trouble very quickly, especially when you’re not home. Be sure to keep medications, cleaning supplies, and foods stored securely out of reach. Animals love to play with yarn, string, dental floss, and rubber bands, but these can easily get wound around a pet’s paws or even its throat. Birds are especially delicate. They are also so sensitive to toxins in the air that canaries were once used in coal mines to monitor air quality. Your birds can get sick from fumes put out by aerosol sprays, nonstick pans, and self-cleaning ovens.

All animals need to breathe clean air, and pets are just as vulnerable to allergens, toxins, and irritants as their human friends. To keep your indoor air healthy, check and change your HVAC filters regularly and have the whole system maintained annually so that it operates at peak efficiency. Vacuuming or sweeping floors will reduce the number of irritants that get stirred up into the air every day. For more information, check out this infographic that offers a step-by-step approach to making your home and yard safe for your pets.