Poulsbo Animal ClinicPreventing a Pet Poisoning at Home
Our homes are supposed to provide sanctuary from the outside world. While they give us shelter and protection, they also give us warmth, comfort, and a nurturing space in which to thrive. Pets experience the same benefits from the homes we keep, but paradoxically, they can be exposed to harmful products that come with modern living. When pet owners understand which products can lead to a pet poisoning, the better off everyone will be.
Danger, Danger Everywhere
The prevalence of household hazards is probably greater than you might think. Indeed, responsible pet owners perform their due diligence to ensure all risks to pet wellness are eliminated, but it’s always a good idea to survey your surroundings.
Some pets can go years without demonstrating an interest in certain household hazards, only to find themselves in hot water later on. Preventing a pet poisoning starts with managing your environment:
- See your home from your pet’s point of view.
- Get down on the floor, and sniff out what they might be exposed to should the combination of time, opportunity, and curiosity align.
- Store all cleaning products securely behind closed or locked cabinets.
Center of Activity
The first call to action involves the kitchen, pantry, and dining room. One of the most common reasons behind a pet poisoning is the consumption of human foods. Never offer or leave out the following:
- Macadamia nuts
- Xylitol-sweetened baked goods, candy, or gum
- Onion and garlic
- Caffeinated beverages
- Moldy or rotten food
Potted Plants and Cut Flowers
Many plants are downright toxic to pets if eaten or chewed on. Please check out this comprehensive list of toxic plants before bringing anything inside your pet’s sanctuary. Plants like lilies, oleander, azaleas, and more pose risks.
Medications intended for humans and pets should never be left out, including parasite preventives. Please store these items in locked or sealed cabinets or bins.
Like cleaning products, lawn and garden chemicals should always be stored behind closed doors. Because antifreeze is particularly harmful, inspect your garage floor and driveway for any leaks, drips, or spills. Do not allow access to:
- Rodenticide, insecticide, snail bait, and other pest control products
- Cocoa mulch
- Pool or water feature supplies
Similarly, batteries, citronella, mothballs, potpourri, and pennies can expose your pet to a poisoning.
Is it an Emergency?
Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, seizures, and problems urinating can all signal a pet poisoning. It’s critical to seek emergency care as quickly as possible when you know or suspect your pet ate something toxic. Save any wrappers for us and bring in stool or vomit samples that we can test.
As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the risks associated with a pet poisoning.