Many of your everyday household items could be hazardous to your four-legged friend

Some foods and medication that are safe for you can be devastating for your pets.

Local veterinarians are hoping to reduce the number of poison cases by educating the public on what those items may be.

Chocolate is the most well-known poison, but grapes, raisins and gum are just as bad. Symptoms wonâ??t always show up immediately, making treatment even more difficult.

Animals are overly curious and tend to sniff or lick anything in sight.

The best way to avoid a trip to the vet is to keep dangerous items out of reach.

â??Keep things up high, keep them in a cabinet, keep them away from animals,â?? said Emily Basler, Veterinarian at Kirksville Small Animal Hospital. â??Definitely if you come home and your pet appears sick or if you see anything chewed up on the floor, definitely get them to a vet ASAP.â??

Pet Poison Helpline recommends stocking a first aid kit for your pet. Before using your kit, contact your local veterinarian to find out if the ingested item is poisonous and they will advise on what your next step should be.

For a list of poisons, check out the Pet Poison Helpline website.

For Potentially Poisoned Pets:

Phone number for Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680

Hydrogen peroxide 3 percent used to induce vomiting in dogsâ?? make sure itâ??s not expired

Oral dosing syringe or turkey baster â?? for administering hydrogen peroxide

Teaspoon/tablespoon set â?? for measuring appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide

Liquid hand dish washing detergent, such as Dawn or Palmolive

Rubber or latex gloves

Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporinâ?¢

Vitamin E (a small container of oil or several gel caps)

Diphenhydramine tablets 25mg â?? with NO other combination ingredients

Ophthalmic saline solution or artificial tears

Can of tuna packed in water or tasty canned pet food

Sweet electrolyte-containing beverage

Corn syrup (1/4 cup)

Vegetable oil (1/2 cup)

For Injured Pets:

Phone number for local emergency veterinary hospital

Gauze roll and pads

Medical tape

Ruler or other rigid material for splint

Scissors and tweezers

Thermometer and sterile lubricant, like KYâ?¢ jelly

Rubber or latex gloves

Towel or blanket

Muzzle (for dogs)

Cone collar (for cats)

Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporinâ?¢

Ophthalmic saline solution â?? make sure it does not contain any cleaners or soaps