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10 Surprising Things That Could Make Your Pet Sick

6. Alcohol: Your dog may be your best bud, but donít share a Bud with him. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory problems in many animals, and may be deadly.

7. Lilies: Lilies top a long list of common plants that can be toxic to animals. A cat that eats even small amounts of lily parts can incur severe kidney damage. Other dangerous plants include sago palms, tulip bulbs, azaleas, rhododendrons, yew and English ivy.

8. Batteries: Again, most corrosive acids are kept away from pets, but pet owners may not think of keeping batteries well out of reach. Battery acid can cause corrosive injuries to the mouth and stomach of many animals. Liquid potpourri may also be similarly dangerous.

9. Christmas trees: If pets eat tinsel and other decorations, the material can cause intestinal problems. Similarly, Christmas tree water may contain dangerous bacteria and fertilizers.

10. Citronella candles: Citronella smells good, so it attracts dogs, but it can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps if ingested.

These 10 substances may be hidden pet poisons in the home. On the other hand, there is no evidence that Febreze can be deadly for cats and other pets, despite dire warnings to the contrary floating around the Internet.

If your pet may have consumed one of the above toxins or other dangerous substances, contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

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3:00AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Good to know.Thanks for sharing

2:16AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Let's be a cautious pet parent

8:13AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:09PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Great info, thank you for sharing.

7:08PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Great info, thank you for sharing.

5:57PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Thank you for the info.

4:10PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Thank you for this valueable information.

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3:59PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

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