National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 15 to 21 this year, was established by Congress in 1961 to promote poison prevention in homes across America. This prevention awareness also includes our pets.
As a matter of fact, the ASPCA ‘s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) fields over 160,000 calls annually about pets subjected to toxic materials. Thankfully, there are many things you can do that will make it much easier to protect your pets.
Common Toxic Dangers
You probably know a few poisonous substance threats relating to your home, but others might be quite surprise. For example, did you realize that t clothes dryer sheets can endanger your animals? They have detergents that cause gastrointestinal discomfort, especially in felines.
Here are 5 additional pet poison problems that might be hiding in your house. You ought to also consult your veterinarian in Tulsa for more information and guidance about your particular pets.
1. Human Pills
Prescription medications as well as over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medicines, and dietary supplements might be dangerous to pets. Keep medications away from paw’s reach in cupboards or even up high on shelves. Animals may snatch them off lower nightstands or counter tops. Move quickly to pick up any dropped pills before your dog or cat might reach them. Never give your pets medicine of any kind without sfirst consulting your veterinarian.
2. Harmful Eating
There are certain foods that you should be on the alert for when it comes to your pets. Chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado, and gum or candy containing xylitol may all be hazardous to pets. Why is chocolate , especially dark chocolate, so dangerous? It contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which can cause problems from vomiting to convulsions. Some other bothersome foods include coffee, macadamia nuts, onions, salt, yeast dough, and garlic.
3. Dangerous Plants
There are plants that can harm your pets too. They include lilies, azaleas, and also rhododendrons. Lilies are often toxic to cats, and can result in renal failure even from a little snack. Poinsettias may also be problematic, however they are not as harmful as you may have been lead to believe. They typically result in moderate to intense stomach upset if consumed. The ASPCA has a list of both toxic and non-toxic plants. Check it out to see if your own plants are safe, and find some good environmentally friendly choices for your residence.
4. Cleaning Products
Household products such as bleach, detergents, and disinfectants may possibly be irritating or even poisonous to pets. Skin and eye irritations as well as tummy troubles are often caused by chemicals. Your pets may have difficulty breathing if these cleaners are inhaled or swallowed. Be careful when using any of these types of products. For example, you may want to place your pets another room while you mop, dust, and scrub. Always,, keep your cleaning supplies in a place that is safe and away from your animals.
5. Other Bad Chemicals
Incidents of pet poisoning involving chemicals, such as those found in ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinners, drain cleaners, and pool or spa treatments are on the rise. These substances can cause upset stomach, depression, breathing problems, and even chemical burns. Don’t let your animals near chemicals when you’re using them, and be sure and store them in a safe place away from harm. Also, clear spills right away so your pets won’t be able to lap them up.
Animal Poison Control Center
If you think that one of your animals has been exposed to a toxic substance, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) can assist. The APCC has expertly trained veterinary toxicologists who are readily available at all times. They possess experience with greater than 1 million cases and maintain access to an extensive database to help them diagnose a problem rapidly and provide treatment advice.
Keep the APCC hotline-1-888-426-4435-in a easy to find location. If you think your pet has been poisoned call All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa at 918-481-0440.