It is Poison Prevention Awareness Month – an important event in every veterinary calendar. This is because it provides a perfect opportunity for us to educate others about the dangers of pet poisons.
Poisoning is a very common problem and something we see regularly in our veterinary offices. One of the main reasons for this is that many people simply don’t realize how many seemingly innocent products and substances can actually be extremely harmful for your pet. In most cases that we see, an animal has become poisoned by something in their own home or backyard.
Protecting your pet from harm is sure to be one of your biggest priorities. To help you out, we have put together this blog containing some of the most common pet poisons seen in cats and dogs. For advice on poisons affecting other animals, please get in touch with our team who would be delighted to help you.
Toxic foods for your pet to avoid
Although it can be tempting to give your pet a little of whatever you are having a special treat, you could actually risk making her quite unwell. Many human foods simply aren’t safe for animals to eat and can cause problems ranging from a mild stomach ache to major organ failure. Some of the most produce that is most toxic to your pet includes:
- Grapes & raisins
- Uncooked meat, fish and eggs
- Foods that are particularly high in salt
- Nuts, particularly macadamia nuts
- Fruit containing pits and seeds
- Sugar-free candies and gum (anything that contains Xylitol – an artificial sweetener)
Remember that these foods don’t necessarily have to be fed whole for them to affect your pet. Items that contain these ingredients can be just as dangerous, so it is imperative that you check the label carefully before giving your pet any new food.
There are also some drinks that are highly toxic to animals including caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and energy drinks, as well as all alcohol.
Toxic household substances
Although your home may seem like the safest place in the world, there are many normal household substances that seem innocent to you, but that could pose a threat to your furbaby. These include:
- Household cleaning products
- Air fresheners / pot pourri
- Bathroom products including toothpaste and mouthwash
- Human medications
- Medications for other animals
- Insecticides and rodenticides
- Anti-freeze and de-icer
- Washer fluid, brake fluid and other vehicle-related substances
Plants that are toxic to animals
Houseplants and flowers can look very pretty, but many can be dangerous, and even deadly, for your furry family member. Do your research before you decide to add any to your home or yard, and if you move into a new property, ensure you check out what plants are present so that you can remove any that are toxic as soon as you move in.
Some of most poisonous plants and flowers for animals include:
- Aloe Vera
- Sago Palm
- Autumn Crocus
- Corn Plant
- Asparagus Fern
If you aren’t sure about the potential toxicity of a plant or flower, contact our team for further advice.
If you are wondering if there is a nearby veterinarian who can offer you more information about pet poison prevention, search ‘vet near me’ and you should see our highly recommended and reviewed Denton Veterinary Center. If you live in or near Denton, TX, our team of highly experienced veterinary professionals would be delighted to have the opportunity to assist you. If you believe that your pet has consumed any of the substances listed above, contact Denton Veterinary Center for emergency advice.