Poison. It’s everywhere, and accidental poisoning is far more common than you might think. When you have children, you take precautions to be sure they can’t reach or get into things that could be harmful to their health.
It’s important to remember to do the same for your pets! Here are some key tips:
1/ Keep medications out of your pet’s reach. Medications are meant to heal, however, they can also harm. Blood pressure, heart meds, antidepressants, and pain killers like NSAIDs and acetaminophen are some of the common medications that are very toxic to animals. Best to keep them in a high cabinet.
2/ Restrict access to foods and plants that are harmful to dogs and cats. While it’s tempting to slip your pets treats from your plate, many foods can be toxic to animals. Don’t forget, many plants can be hazardous too!
Foods to Avoid Feeding Pets
Plants Toxic to Pets
3/ Lock away toxic chemicals. Cleaning fluids, weed killer, pesticides, and fertilizers are just a few of the items you probably have around your home and garage. Keep them out of reach of pets and little hands. Household Chemicals and Products Toxic to Pets
4/ Knowing the signs of poisoning can literally be a lifesaver. If your pet exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms, call your vet!
- Black or bloody stool
5/ Be prepared in case of a pet poisoning emergency. Keep hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal on hand. Post the numbers for your preferred vet clinic and other emergency numbers near your phone. Don’t forget to program them into your phone to save valuable time. Speaking of phones, there are many pet health and emergency apps available for free download at the Google Play Store and Apple Store.
Outside of your vet, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435