It's Pet Poison Prevention Month and that means it's the perfect time to make sure you're doing all you can to keep your four-legged friends safe. Whether they're just curious or explorative, there are some simple steps you can take right now to help ensure their safety. It's important to have a plan in place for keeping your pets safe. It can be hard to tell what items are poisonous, so we've put together this list of the common hazards to pets that pet owners should know about.
1. Keep your pet's food and water bowls clean
It's important to keep your pet's food and water bowls clean. There are many different types of bacteria that can grow in the bowl which could make your pet very sick. You should wash them with soap and warm water, rinse thoroughly and dry completely before use again.
2. Don't feed your pets human food such as chocolate or grapes
It's a natural occurrence to want to treat your furry friend with something sweet.
The temptation is so strong, it can be hard to resist. There are many things that are not appropriate for dogs and cats - just because they're human food doesn't mean it's safe for them!
It's no secret that pets and chocolate don't mix well. But did you know that grapes can be toxic to pets, too? The ASPCA reports that most of the time a dog will vomit, have diarrhea, or show signs of depression after eating grapes. This also applies to raisins. If your pet shows these symptoms after consuming grapes or any other type of human food, call us immediately.
3. Make sure you're not using toxic cleaning products in the house
Start by storing all household cleaners out of reach from pets with child-proof lids or locking cabinets. Pets may be drawn to these items if they smell like food or something else familiar, so keep them stored away from where your furry friends play! If you're considering purchasing a new product or using an unfamiliar substance around your home that could be hazardous to animals, please contact us at Grantsburg Animal Clinic first before letting Fido lick it off the floor.
4. Keep plants out of reach from pets
Another thing to be mindful of is that plants can also be poisonous. There are some types of houseplants that you should always keep out of reach from your pets, such as the African Violet which has a sap that is toxic to cats and dogs. The list includes Azalea, Begonia, Daffodil, Elephant Ear, Ficus (weeping fig), Gardenia, Hibiscus (rose-of-sharon), Hydrangea (evergreen), Iris (flag or blue flag iris), Jasmine, Lantana Camara Plant aka Shrub Verbena or Yellow Jessamine; Poinsettia; Radish; Rhubarb Stems; Spruce Tree and Tulip Bulbs.
5. Always keep an eye on where your pet is while they are outside
We know that it can be difficult to keep track of your pet when they are outside. They tend to explore and do their own thing, but you should still make sure that they are not eating anything toxic. One common toxin that is often found in yards is cocoa mulch. Cocoa mulch contains a substance called methylxanthines which can be toxic to dogs and cats. The symptoms of cocoa mulch toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and even death. Call us immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested this common garden cover.
We know spring brings much excitement to us after our long Wisconsin winters. We hope you’re able to get out and enjoy our beautiful scenery safely with your pet.
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