Pet Patrol: Watch out for these household toxins

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center says there are more than 401,500 cases of pets being poisoned each year in the U.S., with many of those a result of things that present in pet owners’ homes.

Here are five common household items that can be deadly to a pet.


The popular spring flowers are the most common toxin for cats. Even eating a small amount of the flower can result in kidney failure which can be deadly.


Tea tree, pennyroyal and eucalyptus oils can be toxic to pets if ingested, applied to their skin or simply inhaled.


The common sugar substitute is safe for humans but is the third most common toxin for both cats and dogs.


Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are the third most common toxin for cats, followed by vitamin D3 supplements. For dogs, ibuprofen is the fifth most common toxin.


Cigarette butts contain a significant amount of nicotine, which can be extremely harmful to cats and dogs if they eat them.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested a toxic substance, it’s vital to get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Patsy Kelly is the anchor for News13 First Edition at 4 p.m., News13 at 5, 5:30, and 6 p.m. She joined the News13 team in April 2015 as the lead morning anchor and morning manager. She then transitioned to News13 Now, Noon, and First Edition, before moving to evening anchor. She grew up in the Midwest before heading south for warmer weather. Follow Patsy on Facebook, Instagram, and X, formerly Twitter.

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