National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

Posted on: 19/3/2014
National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

TOP 10 LIST OF ITEMS TO KEEP OUT OF YOUR PET'S REACH

1. Prescription Human Medications

The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. Many instances of exposure occurred when pet parents dropped their medication when preparing to take it, and before they knew it, Fido had gobbled the pill off the floor.

2. Insecticides

Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard.

3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications

Over-the-counter human products, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements. Many of these products are tasty to pets, and some can be life threatening if ingested.

4. Household Products

Household toxins range from fire logs to cleaning products.

5. People Food

Human foods are often appealing to pets, especially dogs. Pets can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins and the sugar substitute xylitol, among other common food items.

6. Veterinary Products and Medications

Both OTC and prescription veterinary products are included in this group. Flavored tablets make it easy to give your pet pain or joint medication, but it also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle if given the chance.

7. Chocolate

Chocolate is still the number one people food that pets ingest. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures.

8. Rodenticides

When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures.

9. Plants

This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats.

10. Lawn and Garden Products

Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets. 

 

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