Pet Poison Awareness

March 18, 2019

March is pet poison awareness month, and here at Healthy Pets we are all too familiar with issues related to pet poisoning. From dogs who have eaten chocolate to cats who have munched on a houseplant, our vets field calls from concerned pet owners on a wide range of poisoning-related issues.

There are no shortage of common substances and household items that can be toxic to our pets; but some are more obvious and well-known than others.

To recognize Pet Poison Awareness Month, here’s some helpful information so you can keep your pets healthy and poison-free!

Human medications (OTC and prescription) and supplements are among the most common causes of pet poisoning. The side-effects of our pets consuming common human medications such as Advil, Tylenol, cold medications, and antidepressants can be extreme and in some cases, life threatening. So keep them in a safe place, out of your pet’s reach and in a secure location. Those childproof lids don’t stand much of a chance against the jaws of a curious rottweiler!

Some human foods are commonly known to be poisonous for pets. Dark chocolate, onions, garlic, and grapes/raisins all contain elements that are fine for humans, but toxic for dogs. Did you know some artificial sweeteners like Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum, sugar free drinks, and candies) can be poisonous even in small amounts? When it comes to human food it’s better to be safe than sorry, so ask a Healthy Pets vet before giving your pet any human food!

Pesticides (including insecticides and rodenticides) are also highly toxic for pets. These products can be especially dangerous when used outdoors and in areas your pets may naturally explore. Being vigilant and keeping an eye on your pet when they’re outside is the best way to prevent them from ingesting something harmful. If you own or use pesticides yourself, ensure these products are kept safe and out of reach to avoid your pets coming in contact with them.

Other common causes of poisoning in pets include a number of popular houseplants, household cleaning products, and cosmetics.

If you’re worried about your pet, need advice, or have questions about potentially hazardous products, the expert local vets at Healthy Pets are just a text or video call away!