March is pet poisons prevention awareness month. Understanding what potential harmful poisons exist in your home and garden is the first step to keeping your pet safe.
Top 10 Most Frequently Reported Poison Dangers for pets:
Prescription Human Medications
The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications. Many of these exposures were due to people dropping their medication when preparing to take it, and before they knew it, “Dave had gobbled the pill off the floor”
Insecticides are used in the garden, home and on our animals. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your garden.
Over-the-Counter Human Medications
This group contains acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as herbal and nutraceutical products (fish oil, joint supplements). Many of these products are tasty to pets, and some can be life threatening if ingested.
Household toxins can range from fire logs to cleaning products. Some items can be corrosive, while other can cause obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract requiring surgical intervention.
Human foods are especially appealing to pets, especially dogs. Dogs can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions/garlic, grapes/raisins and xylitol, a sugar substitute, which can be life-threatening for animals.
Veterinary Products and Medications
Both over the counter (OTC) and prescription veterinary products are included in this group. Flavoured tablets make it easy to give your pet pain or joint medication, but it also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle if given the chance.
Chocolate is still the number one food that pets ingest. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, high heart rate and seizures.
When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures.
This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats.
Lawn and Garden Products
Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets.
Animal Poison Line Number
01202 509 000
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