Guess what month it is? Pet Poison Prevention Month!

   

March 21st 

  Since dogs are curious by nature, we wanted to take the initiative to educate pet parents what items are harmful to your dogs if they come into contact with, or ingest. Many items and substances commonly found in and around the home can pose a serious threat to your dog’s health. Below are some toxic items that may have been unknown to you. Consider some ways that you can prevent and protect your fur babies from these pet toxins.

Here’s some items found in homes that dog’s should stay clear of:

Foods

● Alcohol
● Avocado, Apple Seeds, Peaches, Plums, Corn of the Cob
● Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine, Tea
● Citrus, Coconut, and Coconut Oil
● Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste and Mouthwash
● Cat Food
● Raw Eggs
● Grapes/Raisins
● Milk and Dairy
● Macadamia nuts
● Onions, Garlic, Chives, Peppers
● Raw/Uncooked Meat, Raw bones
● Salt and Salty Snack Foods
● Xylitol
● Yeast Dough

Medications

● Over-the-counter painkillers
● ADD/ADHD meds
● Inhalers
● Antidepressants
● Cough/cold medications

Misc Items

● Antifreeze
● Windshield Wiper Fluid
●Pest-Control products
● Batteries
● Kerosene
● Zinc

Cleaning

● Dish washing/laundry detergent
● Household cleaners

Outside

● Mushrooms
● Mulch
● Plant Fertilizers
● Algae
● Compost Piles
● Herbicides
● Insecticides and Pesticides
● Toads, most specifically species: Sonoran Desert Toad and Cane Toad
The majority of these items are located in places that are easily accessible by dogs, meanwhile it could only take a few minutes to re position the items to places out of our pups reach-ability. Foods can be moved to higher shelves within a pantry or cabinet with doors kept closed at all times. Medications and cleaning supplies could also be kept in pantries and cabinets, possibly locked, with no available access to the dogs. Outside yard maintenance should be done weekly or bi-weekly in order to avoid interference with your pets, there are also holistic pest control remedies that are non-toxic to dogs.

A few extra steps to ensure items are put away well now will ultimately keep your dog safe, happy, and healthy.

If any of these harmful toxins encounter your dog, immediately contact the 24 hr. Animal Poison Control Center Hotline at (888) 426-4435 or visit your nearest emergency pet hospital. Our nearest hospitals are the following: Best Vet Animal Hospital, (561) 737-7773.

References

Jess-Bolluyt. “15 Of the Most Dangerous Things for Your Dog in Your Own Backyard.” The Cheat Sheet, The Cheat Sheet, 12 Sept. 2017, www.cheatsheet.com/culture/things-backyard-hidden-dangers-dog.html/.
“Pet Poison Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know.” Rutland Veterinary Clinic, 14 Mar. 2018, www.rutlandvet.com/blog/pet-poison-prevention/.
“What Foods Are Toxic For Dogs.” CanineJournal.com, CanineJournal.com, 24 Aug. 2018, www.caninejournal.com/foods-not-to-feed-dog/.

Author: Paige Lukosavich

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