March 18th – 24th is National Animal Poison Prevention Week. This week is not only about reviewing poison prevention tips for keeping us “humans” safe but as equally important to review the hidden dangers that lurk in and around our homes for our most beloved pets as well. Animal lovers know that poison prevention is a year round job. Studies suggest that most pets have the intelligence of a 2 year-old child. And if your pets are anything like mine, it can be a full time job just keeping up with what they can find – especially with children around.
Our furry or not so furry friends bring us so much joy! That is why it’s so important for all of us to take a moment this week and review tips on how to keep our pets safe, healthy and happy.
First and foremost we always want to be a responsible pet owner. Sure, it’s a smart idea to place your pets on a leash, not leave them in an unattended car, spay or neuter them, or leave them outside in extreme temperatures. However, it’s equally, if not more important to secure potentially harmful products away from pets as you would for children. By securing and keeping items off the ground and countertops such as food, medications, cleaning products, and fertilizers, in the home or in a garage, you are taking the first step to keeping your pet safe from a potential poisoning.
Always remember: If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous or may be harmful, take them immediately to the vet for further evaluation.
10 Common Pet Poisons:
1. Foods: especially chocolate, tomatoes, onions, garlic, sugarless gum & grapes/raisins
2. Household Items: batteries, silica gel packs (found in shoes), kids glow stick & jewelry (Enticing to cats)
3. Household Plants/flowers: such as tulips, lilies, lantana, mistletoe, & poinsettia (depending on animal type)
4. Garage Items: anti-freeze, oil, pool chemicals, & gasoline
5. Medicines: such as Tylenol & cough/cold medications, NSAIDS, ibuprofen, naproxen
6. Insecticides: including sprays, bait stations, & spot on flea/tick treatments
7. Mouse and rat poison: rodenticides
8. NSAIDS human drugs: such as ibuprofen, naproxen
9. Household cleaners: sprays, detergents, polishes
10. Fertilizers: including bone meal, blood meal & iron-based products
Make sure to spread the word to friends and family, because a healthy pet is a happy pet!
Do you own any pets? Which things are you careful about keeping out of reach? Have any additional tips to add to this list?
Content courtesy: petpoisonhotline.com, and bowwow.com