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Poison Prevention Tips For Cat & Dog Owners

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As pet parents, it is our responsibility to keep our cats and dogs safe from harm. During the month of March, designated Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, we offer tips to keep your pets safe from harm.

Here are our favorite pet safety tips for Poison Prevention Awareness Month and throughout the year.

Foods. There are many foods, which are delicious and healthy for humans, but not for our pets.

Avoid feeding your pets any of these foods:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Onions
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Xylitol, the sweetner used in chewing gum and found in some brands of peanut butter and candy
  5. Raisins and grapes
  6. Salt
  7. Yeast dough
  8. Macadamia nuts

This is a short list of items you may have in your home that you need to avoid feeding your pet or letting them have access to.

Medications. Just as you’d lock up medications if there were a child in the home, so too should you keep medications out of the reach of your pets. A “childproof” lid won’t keep a pet out of the medication if he chews through the bottle.  Keep your pet medications out of reach as well. Keep in mind if you have cats and you leave bottles on the counter, your cat could knock it off and the dog will have easy access. Put all medications in a drawer or cabinet that your pets cannot get into.

Kitchen and household items. Keep dish soaps and dishwasher pods out of reach of your pets. Steel wool and other cleaning items can be harmful if ingested. Don’t leave harmful cleaning products within reach of your pets. In fact, look for cleaning products that are pet friendly. Mothballs, cigarettes, alcohol, fabric softener sheets and batteries are also harmful or lethal to your pets.

Yard and car chemicals. Anti-freeze is fatal for your pets if ingested and because it has a sweet flavor, it may be irresistible to them. Be wary of using yard chemicals if your pets use the yard and walk in the grass. Chemicals can get on their paws and they will ingest them when they clean themselves.

Indoor and outdoor plants. There are many plants that are harmful or fatal to your dogs and cats. Before you plant outdoors or bring plants into the home, make certain they will not harm your pets if they decide to gnaw on them.

Even if you’ve been a pet owner for many years, take a few moments and inspect your home to assure there are no items your dogs or cats could get into that could cause them harm. If you are concerned that your pet got into a hazardous item, call your veterinarian and check out the Pet Poison Helpline.

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