On March 15 to 21 this year, the National Poison Prevention Week will be celebrated across the nation. This prevention isn’t just only for us humans but for our beloved pets as well. In fact, did you know that according to ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, there are over 160,000 calls each year about pets being poisoned by toxic materials? You might be surprise to know that some of these toxins that can endanger our pets include clothes dryer sheets, which contains detergents that could cause gastrointestinal discomfort especially in cats.
Fortunately, there are ways on how we can prevent our pets from being poisoned. Awareness of these common toxins around your house and yard can be of great help. Here are some of the common pet poison problems that might be hiding in your house. For more of these toxic dangers for your particular pet, you may also refer to your Broken Arrow veterinarians for further information on pet safety tips.
Common Household Poisons
- Human Medications
Either discovered by the pet or purposely administered by the owner, medications are among the most common household poisons. Over-the-counter pain relievers as well as prescription medications should not be given to pets unless directly advised by your veterinarian. Other medications that might be dangerous to pets include cold medicines as well as dietary supplements. Keep medications away from your pet’s reach. Nightstands and counter tops are among the places that can be easily reach by cats and dogs. Store them on high shelves or in medicine cabinets out of sight for your pets. Be careful not to spill any medications or drop pills, and act quickly before your pets might reach them. Do not give any kind of medicine for your pet without your veterinarian’s advice.
- Foods and Food Additives
Chocolates, especially dark ones, can be harmful for pets. Once ingested in large amounts, it can cause problems from vomiting to convulsion. Be careful not to give chocolates to your pets, as well as other hazardous foods such as grapes, avocado, raisins and candies. These foods contains xylitol and methylxanthines which might pose a significant threat to your pet’s health.
- Poisonous Plants and Trees
There are certain plants, flowers or trees that can poison your pets too. Some of these includes lilies, poinsettias, azaleas, daffodils and oleanders. Once ingested or chewed upon, it might cause moderate to intense stomach upset to your pet. Lilies can result in renal failure especially to cats. When placing these plants, be mindful about the dangers it might bring to your pets. If possible, confine pets from known poisonous plants to avoid dangers.
- Household Products
Keep all your cleaning supplies in a room or place unreachable for your pets. Common household products such as bleach, disinfectants and detergents can be poisonous and might pose a significant risk on your pet’s health. If inhaled or swallowed by your pet, they might experience difficulty breathing or cause skin and eye irritations as well as gastrointestinal problems.
- Other Household Cleaners and Chemicals
Lubricants, paints, and pool or spa treatments all pose a risk to a curious or bored pet. Just because the product is in spray bottle doesn’t mean it is already safe for pets. Ingestion or exposure to these harmful chemicals can cause difficulty breathing, depression, chemical burns and stomach upset. Be sure to store chemicals away from your pet’s reach.
If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, you can seek help from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). They have expert veterinary toxicologists available to help you at all times. Keep their phone numbers 1-888-426-4435 in an easy to find area.
If you think your pet has been exposed to a toxic substance and other harmful chemicals, you may contact Village Vet Animal Clinic in Broken Arrow at 918-258-0440.