How to prevent pet poisoning

Some substances, foods and chemicals may be more toxic to dogs than to cats and vice versa. However, the best approach is to restrict access to all items toxic to cats and dogs for safety’s sake.

Keep medications out of your pet’s reach

Human medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, tops the list of items that most often cause pet poisoning. This happens frequently when pets get hold of pill bottles left unattended. Also, a pet will often quickly gobble up a pill that’s been accidentally dropped. It is also very important to keep your pet’s own medication stored securely. Dogs and cats will eat flavoured veterinary medication (Rimadyl chews, Dolocarp, Cardisure etc.) as if it was a tasty treat, and likely won’t stop until all the medication is gone. Always keep in mind that flavoured medications are created to appeal to your pet’s taste buds, but your pet thinks of them as food, not medicine. Your best precaution is to keep all medications, human and pet, where it is impossible for your pet to get to them.

 Restrict foods harmful to dogs and cats

While some foods are extremely harmful to dogs, such as chocolate, other forms (like white chocolate) are not as dangerous. The safest approach is to simply make it a rule in your home to never give your pet chocolate, candy or gum of any kind. Because pets are drawn to goodies, always keep sweets of all types locked away safely where your pet cannot get to them. Ideally, you should feed your pet food that is formulated specifically to meet their nutritional needs for optimal health. Harmful foods to pets are usually those “people foods” that they love the most. Even raw meat, bones and raw eggs can infect your pet with Salmonella and other health dangers. The best policy is to limit and/or restrict all foods meant for human consumption. It’s nice to share foods that we love, but if doing so could harm your pet, it’s certainly not worth the risk. Providing treats specially formulated for pets is the safest way to give your pet a pleasant surprise without jeopardizing his or her health.

 Lock away toxic chemicals

Just as you would with small children in the house, it is important to keep all household cleaners, air fresheners and other chemical-based products out of the reach of pets at all times. There is no way to predict what will attract your pet’s curiosity. If there isn’t a way to completely be sure that your pet can’t get access to these types of products when you aren’t home to supervise, you may want to consider the use of a crate or pet gate to limit your pet’s access to certain areas of your home.

 Be prepared in case of a pet poisoning emergency

Learning the signs and symptoms of pet poisoning is the first step to being prepared to help your pet in an emergency. Some effects of poisoning cannot be seen, such as heart arrhythmias, kidney or liver damage. However, if you notice a change in urination habits it may be a sign of pet poisoning.

Most common signs and symptoms of pet poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Black or bloody stool

What to do if your pet has been poisoned

If your pet shows any of the above signs or you have any other reason to suspect your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian immediately. Make note of what toxin you think your pet may have ingested or come in contact with so that your veterinarian can better help your pet.

Your vet may recommend that you induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide or give your pet activated charcoal to help absorb any toxin in your pet’s stomach. However, do not attempt any of these treatment options without the advice of a trained professional.

For more information please contact Modern veterinary Clinic on 04 395 31 31

How to prevent pet poisoning

Some substances, foods and chemicals may be more toxic to dogs than to cats and vice versa. However, the best approach is to restrict access to all items toxic to cats and dogs for safety’s sake.

Keep medications out of your pet’s reach

Human medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, tops the list of items that most often cause pet poisoning. This happens frequently when pets get hold of pill bottles left unattended. Also, a pet will often quickly gobble up a pill that’s been accidentally dropped. It is also very important to keep your pet’s own medication stored securely. Dogs and cats will eat flavoured veterinary medication (Rimadyl chews, Dolocarp, Cardisure etc.) as if it was a tasty treat, and likely won’t stop until all the medication is gone. Always keep in mind that flavoured medications are created to appeal to your pet’s taste buds, but your pet thinks of them as food, not medicine. Your best precaution is to keep all medications, human and pet, where it is impossible for your pet to get to them.

 Restrict foods harmful to dogs and cats

While some foods are extremely harmful to dogs, such as chocolate, other forms (like white chocolate) are not as dangerous. The safest approach is to simply make it a rule in your home to never give your pet chocolate, candy or gum of any kind. Because pets are drawn to goodies, always keep sweets of all types locked away safely where your pet cannot get to them. Ideally, you should feed your pet food that is formulated specifically to meet their nutritional needs for optimal health. Harmful foods to pets are usually those “people foods” that they love the most. Even raw meat, bones and raw eggs can infect your pet with Salmonella and other health dangers. The best policy is to limit and/or restrict all foods meant for human consumption. It’s nice to share foods that we love, but if doing so could harm your pet, it’s certainly not worth the risk. Providing treats specially formulated for pets is the safest way to give your pet a pleasant surprise without jeopardizing his or her health.

 Lock away toxic chemicals

Just as you would with small children in the house, it is important to keep all household cleaners, air fresheners and other chemical-based products out of the reach of pets at all times. There is no way to predict what will attract your pet’s curiosity. If there isn’t a way to completely be sure that your pet can’t get access to these types of products when you aren’t home to supervise, you may want to consider the use of a crate or pet gate to limit your pet’s access to certain areas of your home.

 Be prepared in case of a pet poisoning emergency

Learning the signs and symptoms of pet poisoning is the first step to being prepared to help your pet in an emergency. Some effects of poisoning cannot be seen, such as heart arrhythmias, kidney or liver damage. However, if you notice a change in urination habits it may be a sign of pet poisoning.

Most common signs and symptoms of pet poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Black or bloody stool

What to do if your pet has been poisoned

If your pet shows any of the above signs or you have any other reason to suspect your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian immediately. Make note of what toxin you think your pet may have ingested or come in contact with so that your veterinarian can better help your pet.

Your vet may recommend that you induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide or give your pet activated charcoal to help absorb any toxin in your pet’s stomach. However, do not attempt any of these treatment options without the advice of a trained professional.

For more information please contact Modern veterinary Clinic on 04 395 31 31

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