Many hazards for pets in your Bluffton, South Carolina, home are also dangerous for humans, including mold, pests, and lots of cleaners and pesticides. Several foods like coffee and chocolate are poisonous to pets as well. Some of the most common hazards for pets are poor indoor air quality, many types of houseplants, and medications.
Poor indoor air quality can cause asthma, skin irritation, sinus problems, and even cancer in pets and humans. If you notice a musty smell in your home or your pet seems tired more than usual, you should have your HVAC system inspected by an experienced professional. You should also clean your home regularly and change your system’s air filter once per month.
Many houseplants can improve your indoor air quality by absorbing harmful airborne chemicals. However, hundreds of popular plants are poisonous to pets, including lily, peace lily, asparagus fern, aloe vera, and philodendron. To keep pets safe, place your plants on high shelves or in hanging planters. Since too many houseplants in one room can increase humidity, put one or two plants in each room instead. Keeping plants in several areas also makes your home look more attractive and welcoming.
If you drop a pill on the floor and then throw it in the trash, your pet could eat it by accident. Since many tablets have sweet coatings, a pet could also eat a pill left on a counter or table. Make sure you and your children take their medications instead of leaving them on a counter, and you should keep pills in child-safe containers even when you’re throwing them away. One of the most common hazards is acetaminophen, a pain reliever in Tylenol and many other medications. It can kill cats and cause liver damage in dogs.
McDevitt Air is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 35 years of experience. We can help you improve your indoor air quality and install, maintain, or repair a range of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 877-692-9402 for great service from our knowledgeable technicians.
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