Cat and dog poisoning prevention

pet poisoning

Pets can be exposed to many poisons and toxins around the house and yard. Foods, like chocolate and common plants all have the potential to be deadly for your pet. With just a little precaution most cat and dog poisonings can be prevented with these pet poisoning prevention tips.

Prevent your pet from exposure to potential toxins

1. Know what plants are potentially toxic to your pet. Some examples are carnations, delphininium, ivy, morning glory, oleander, and phododendron. This list is not all inclusive so consult your Veterinarian for more information.

2. Never leave dropped pills on the floor. Always pick up any human medication that is accidentally dropped on the floor. Pain medications like aspirin are deadly to cats.

3. Like small children, never leave household cleaning products where your pet can reach them.

4. Antifreeze is notoriously dangerous and deadly to cats and dogs. It has a sweet taste, and even a small amount can be a deadly cat and dog poison.

What to do if you suspect poisoning in your pet.

1. Remove any plant or other material that is in your pet’s mouth.

2. Try to identify what your pet ate, and read up on dog poisoning symptoms.

3. Call the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680, or call your Veterinarian immediately.

4. When you go to the Veterinarian always take the suspected toxin, or plant with you.

With some simple planning and a little precaution, you can create a safe environment for your pet. This article does not list all the potential toxins around your house and yard, but with some common sense, and asking questions to your Veterinarian you can keep your pet safe.

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

— 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)$50.00 per case (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). The Center will do as many follow-up calls as necessary in critical cases, and at the owners request will contact their veterinarian. These follow-up calls can be made by calling 888-299-2973. The Center also provides via fax specific treatment protocols and current literature citations when indicated.

For more information check out our dog health, cat health, and free ask a vet pages.