Don’t Let a Pet Poisoning Happen in Your Home
Between Valentine’s Day, Easter, and spring cleaning, the risk of a pet poisoning occurring at home increases tenfold. Ironically, home is the one place that’s supposed to be the safest for your pet. However, with some practical pet safety tips, you can still enjoy this time of year – and protect your pet.
Pet’s Point of View
It’s easy to take for granted a pet’s relative disinterest in certain items or products. However, there’s always the possibility that one time, a pet’s curiosity, boredom, and opportunity will align, resulting in a pet emergency.
Getting down on the floor to see what your pet sees on any given day can go a long way to preventing a pet poisoning.
Over-the-counter and prescription medications should always be stored securely. To truly prevent a pet poisoning, this also includes medications that are intended for your pet.
Every household uses different cleaners. The key is to store these products in a place that’s off limits to your pet. If your pet never has the chance to see, smell, or taste any cleaners, they can’t be exposed to toxic chemicals.
It’s also critical that when cleaners are used in the home, your pet remains safe in another well-ventilated part of the house. Allow surfaces to dry completely before letting your pet back into the area.
Tasty but Toxic
Food intended for people can also cause symptoms related to pet poisoning, such as vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness, tremors, abdominal pain, lack of coordination, and fever. The most common culprits include:
- Macadamia nuts
As a general rule, pets should not be allowed access to these foods, and don’t leave any items unattended on counters or tables.
Pet Poisoning From a Plant?
There are certain houseplants and outdoor shrubs and flowers that don’t belong around animals. For example, lilies pose a huge threat to cats (even the stems and leaves) and must never be displayed on a surface they can reach.
See this comprehensive list of toxic plants for more information. In general, steer clear of following:
- Sago palm
Lawn and Garden
Fertilizers, cocoa mulch, pesticides, insecticides, rodent bait, and snail bait are all toxic to pets. Again, storage is key. It’s also a good idea to use pet-safe products in your garden.
If your garage is accessible to your pet, be sure to remove antifreeze/coolant, de-icing products, and paint thinner from open shelves.