Spoiled foods or dangerous leftovers like bones and onions can make pets sick.
Pets' heads, legs and bodies can become trapped trying to reach discarded packaging.
Plastic bags pose a severe choking and suffocation risk if pets play with or ingest them.
Cats and dogs can cut themselves on shards from glass, plates or lightbulbs tossed in trash.
Hard plastic, metal and bones can crack teeth or pierce gums when chewed.
Exposure to leaked batteries, cleaners, oils from trash can be toxic.
Getting wedged upside down while trash scavenging can injure or suffocate pets.