Everyday Things that can Poison you Dog
Our Pets, Our Family
There are many poisonous substance that can harm your beloved pets. As a pet owner, it is our duty to protect out pet from dangers around the home. Did you realize that your home is filled with dangers that can harm or even kill your pets?
Every year the Animal Control Center at the ASPCA receives over 116,000 calls in response to their cat or dog coming in contact with a hazardous substance.
As our pets are members of our family, it is our responsibility to make sure that they are safe, outdoors and in our homes. Pets can be mischievous and we have to keep one step ahead of them to make sure they do not get into things that is going to cause them medical problems or death.
There are many household hangers lurking in our home and garage that can pose a danger to our family pets.
Chocolate and Dogs
Chocolate contains methylxanthines which can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death. This is particularly true with dogs. Never give chocolate to your dog, even just a little if he begs for it.
Make sure to keep all prescription drugs, out of the reach of your pets. After you take your medication put it back in a safe place. Just one extra strength acetaminophen can be deadly to a cat and four ibuprofen can cause serious kidney problems in a small dog.
If you are a gardening buff, you need to be aware that some fertilizer can cause problems for your pet, especially if they are indoor/outdoor. In 2008 over 2,000 calls came into Animal Poison Control, for this one thing. To prevent this from happening, find out which fertilizer is poisonous to cats and dogs and if you have it in your home, remove it to an out of reach place from your pets.
Some pets have pica, which is a medical disorder which causes a desire to eat non-nutritive objects, like feces, buttons, needles, dirt, rock, etc. If your pet is prone to pica screen your home, just as you would for a small child just learning to crawl or a toddler. Get down on your hands and knees and see from their vantage point the thing
Other Substances that can Make your Dog Sick
- Sugarless gum or candies that contain xylitol. Artificial sweeteners can cause a dogs blood sugar to drop. Even small amounts can cause liver damage.
- One of the most toxic food for dogs, are raisins and grapes. These foods can cause kidney failure.
- Over the counter medications that contain NSAIDs, like Advil, Aleve and Motrin can cause ulcers and possible kidney failure
- Human drugs like Celexa, Effexor, Prozac, etc. can cause neurological problems.
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In the event that your cat or dog, ingest something that is harmful, have the telephone number to t he ASPCA, animal poison control and you veterinarian in a handy place, in case your pet has a medical emergency.
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