We wish pets never got themselves into trouble. Unfortunately, they often fall victim to their own curiosity and not knowing any better. Accidental pet poisoning is one of the most heartbreaking experiences for pet parents. In honor of Poison Prevention Month, we wanted to share the most often overlooked pet poisons. With a little bit of preparation and knowledge of these common household items that could get your pet sick, we hope you never have to feel the panic and heartbreak of having to rush your pet to the ER due to poison.
How Big of a Problem is Pet Poisoning?
We see several poisoning patients every month. Most of these cases could have been prevented. Additionally, the Animal Poison Control Center receives over 213,000 calls every year from pet parents.
In our eyes, one pet is too many when it comes to preventable poisoning.
Keep These Common Pet Poisons Out of Your Pet's Reach
1. Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
37% of pet poisonings calls to the APCC are in response to pets consuming medicine not meant for them. Why so many calls? Pills are easy for pets to consume and they pack a potent punch of chemicals.
Always keep your medications and your pet’s prescriptions stored in a pet-proof container, high out of reach of pets. Only give your pet medications our team or another vet has approved.
If you suspect your pet has ingested a medication, give us a call ASAP. If we recommend you come in, bring the medication bottle with you.
2. Hand-Outs and Human Food
Pets have a knack for convincing their humans that they should eat what you eat. Unfortunately, many of the foods we enjoy can make your pet incredibly sick. From raisins to garlic, your meal could be toxic to your dog or cat. Talk to your little ones about what the rules are when it comes to giving pets food.
Additionally, some pets cannot help but try to get into the trash or pantry. To prevent this, use child-proof safeguards on your cabinet handles and store your waste bin in a cabinet you can close.
What human foods are most dangerous for pets?
- Any products containing xylitol. This artificial sweetener can be labeled as “sugar alcohol") and is commonly found in dental-friendly gum, sugar-free candies, and some baked goods. It can also be in vitamin gummies.
- Grapes and raisins
- Onion and garlic
3. Common House Plants Pose a Threat
Whether you have an indoor garden or you brought your plants in for winter, you want to be sure your cat or dog does not nibble on them. While many plants will simply cause your pet to have an upset stomach, others can be fatal. Always check to see if the new houseplant you’re bringing home is poisonous.
Which plants pose the most danger to pets?
- Sago Palms
Want to green up your living space? These are some of the most popular pet-safe plants:
- Christmas Cacti
- African Violets
- Spider PLants
- Polka Dot PLants
4. Household Cleaners and Chemicals
This time of year brings an increase of poisonings caused by gardening chemicals and household cleaners. While it may seem absurd to imagine a pet lapping up glass cleaner, it does happen. But more frequently, pets become sick by walking through poisons then licking their paws.
While you’re pet-proofing your pantry, do the same for your gardening supplies. Gardening fertilizers often contain fish meal and blood meal which smell delicious for pets, so keep these stored safely, as well.
5. Rat Poisons
Having rodents in your home can feel like a nightmare. Having your pet accidentally consume the bait you put out to trap them is even worse. Never place traps or poisons where you pet can come in contact with them. Better yet, choose pet-friendly methods to control rodents.
Have a Safe and Poison-Free Spring
The Battletown Animal Clinic team wishes you a great Spring filled with sunshine, fun, and good health. Keep your senior pet active and enjoying all Spring has to offer with cold laser therapy. If you want to schedule your pet’s cold laser therapy or your pet is due for their annual check-up please schedule an appointment now.
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