Originally published, March 18th 2012.
Spring is almost here. Don't forget about your pets. They'll be spending more time outdoors. Along with more time awake because of the longer daylight hours. This can mean more time to get into bottles, bags & boxes that they shouldn't.
Plants are coming up. More flowers are being brought into the house. Bug sprays are being purchased. Soon lawns may be sprayed for weeds & grubs.
If your pet rolls around in fertilizers or freshly sprayed lawns, you need to clean their fur. Especially cats because they will lick off whatever isn't supposed to be there. Change your fertilizer to a non-toxic variety or request this from your lawn care service.
Do a walk around of your house & yard to make sure nothing is left open or lying around.
Common household dangers to most pets, if not all:
- Candy, gum & a variety of products we use everyday. The common ingredient, Xylitol. In dogs, it can cause weakness, along with other symptoms & liver failure.
- Aloe Vera plant. Common in many households & used for medicinal purposes. Toxic to cats & dogs, if ingested. I do have an Aloe Vera plant but I keep it out of Kai the cats leaping range.
- Human medications left on a counter. A lot of our medication is bitter tasting. Many cats, like bitter tasting things. It just takes a minute so keep medications out of your pets reach.
- Aerosol sprays & birds do not mix. The gases from the sprays are toxic to birds. Whether it's air freshener, bug spray, or furniture polish. Open the windows, cover the cage. Or better yet remove your feathered friends from the room for a couple of hours.
- Let's not forget about our reptilian companions. Especially if you let them run loose around your house. They like most animals will taste or eat whatever you have lying around. Old cigarette butts, alcohol, old food, etc.
If you suspect that your animal has been poisoned call your vet, emergency vet services or one of the numbers listed below. It doesn't take long for them to go down hill.
Pet Poison HelpLine in Canada, U.S & Caribbean, 1(800) 213-6680.
Animal Poison Control Center in the U.S. 1(888) 426-4435.
Check out the ASPCA's page on the Top 10 Pet Toxins of 2011, for a more detailed list.
Till next time,