Pet Poison Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know
Since its establishment by congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. The event was originally intended to educate the public on the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, but your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center would like to take this opportunity to discuss pet poison prevention as well.
Pet Poison Prevention
Pets are curious by nature, and many items and substances commonly found in and around the home can pose a serious threat to their health. Consider the following ways you can protect your furry loved ones from these pet toxins.
Kitchen – Many human foods can be toxic to pets, including anything with the sweetener Xylitol, chocolate, raisins, onions/garlic, unbaked yeast dough, alcoholic beverages, and fatty foods. Store these foods away from pets and keep garbage cans and compost bins covered to prevent pets from accessing food scraps, coffee grounds, bones, etc..
Bathroom – Human medications cause thousands of pet poisonings each year. Keep all medications, including over-the-counter painkillers, ADHD medication, albuterol inhalers, and antidepressants stored where your pet can’t reach them. In addition, be sure to keep all cleaning products and personal care items in locked cupboards or on a high shelf.
Garage/utility room – Antifreeze is one of the most toxic substances to pets that you may have around your home. Make sure to clean up antifreeze spills immediately, and keep all automotive fluid containers tightly sealed and stored out of reach. Other common dangers include rodenticides, insecticides, and household cleaners.
Living room – When it comes to pet poison prevention, the living room should be examined carefully. Many common houseplants, such as lilies (very toxic to our feline companions), English ivy, aloe vera, and more can be poisonous if ingested by a pet. Liquid potpourri, which can cause burns in the mouth and intestinal distress, is another danger lurking in many homes.
In addition, please be sure to hang up backpacks, purses, and coats as these often contain tempting bits of food, sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol, medications, and other items that could spell big trouble for a curious pet.
Yard and garden – Blood meal, bone meal, and other soil amenders are tempting for some pets and should be kept sealed and out of reach. Pesticides and fertilizers also pose a danger. Cocoa hull mulch can be particularly enticing to some pets and should not be used due to the poisoning risk it poses.
If you know or suspect your pet has ingested something they shouldn’t have, time is of the essence. Give us a call at Rutland Veterinary Clinic, or bring your pet in. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your pet’s emergency.
And, please do not hesitate to call us for more information on pet poison prevention, or any other concerns about your pet.