Tips to help protect your pets during National Pet Poison Prevention Month
March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month.
Watching your dog or cat get sick from toxic items or poison is a nightmare for any pet owner.
Symptoms of poisoning can be especially traumatic, ranging from seizures and vomiting to nosebleeds and diarrhea, according to Best Friends Animal Society.
Protect your pet from potential ingestion of any of the following:
Bait for rodents
Batteries (which can contain corrosive fluid)
Car care products, such as cleaners or oils
Gorilla Glue (or similar products)
Medications – prescribed and over-the-counter
Pesticides for insects
Pool or pond products
Food can be toxic to pets, so it’s always important to remember to never give, or allow your pets to have access to any of the following:
Substances containing caffeine, such as coffee
Fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from cooking
Chicken and turkey bones
Grapes and raisins
Onions and garlic
Salt and sugar
Yeast or bread dough
Flowers and plants can also be dangerous and even poisonous. The ASPCA has lists of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats.
Should your pet show any signs of poisoning, which include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, blood in stool, paralysis, loss of appetite, bruising, nosebleeds, irregular heartbeat or inability to urinate, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Keep these numbers posted in an easy-to-find location in case of emergencies:
Your veterinarian's clinic phone number
24/7 emergency veterinary clinic (if different from your veterinarian)
ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-426-4435