Poison Prevention: Protect Your Pets

Pet poison is everywhere—our four-legged friends are curious, active, and adventurous, and those are just some of the things we love about them!

However, they tend to want to explore and may end up getting into things they shouldn’t. Many instances of pet poisoning occur from our pets’ curiosity around the house, and many simple household items can turn out to be dangerous.

In honor of Pet Poison Prevention Week, here a few tips for preventing pet poisoning in and around your home.

Poison around the house.

Store all cleaning solutions out of reach to keep your pets safe. While cleaning, keep animals out of harm’s way and be sure to properly ventilate your home. The chemicals in cleaning products can be irritating to pet’s noses and mouths and can be toxic if ingested.

Ensure that baits for rats, mice, ants, roaches, etc. are located in areas inaccessible to your pets. Most baits contain ingredients that can attract pests and pets.

As a pet owner, it’s essential to know which plants to keep from your pets. For example, tulips and lilies are dangerous for cats, while aloe vera and sago palms for dogs. Know what plants can be harmful to your pet.

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Danger In the kitchen.

Unfortunately, there are many things commonly found in the kitchen that are toxic and poisonous to our pets as well. Avoid giving your pets any of the following.

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast dough
  • Caffeine
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Onions
  • Macadamias
  • Mushrooms

Poison In the garage.

Your garage, shed, and other storage can contain several substances that act as a poison to pets, but they’ll manage to get into it anyway. Be sure to keep these items out of reach:

  • Household cleaners, including bleach and dish soap
  • Lawn or garden chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Antifreeze
  • De-icing salts

In the medicine cabinet. 

While most pets won’t be found digging through medicine cabinets, pets will find medications if they have access. Be careful about leaving these medications in purses, on the floor, lying on tables or in diaper bags:

  • Acetaminophens (Tylenol)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, ibuprofen, Aspirin)
  • Albuterol
  • THC in medicinal marijuana
  • Pseudoephedrines (Sudafed)

Be prepared.

Keep emergency contact information readily accessible in case of an emergency such as your pet getting into a household poison. Ensure it includes your veterinarian’s phone number and directions to your local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. Talk to your veterinarian and your family to determine the best plan for you, and your pet should poisoning occur. Make sure you have a pet first aid kit prepared with any supplies you may need.

If your pet does get ahold of any of these items that are considered a poison, you should get them to your vet right away. Poisoning signs can be subtle, and may not even show up for several days. If they start showing if these symptoms keep a close eye on them and make an appointment. Signs your pet may experience include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Pale gum color
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures 

Contact us at College Road or Carolina Beach Animal Hospital if you have any questions about pet poison prevention in and outside of your home. We are here to help you keep your pet safe.