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    Pet Poison Prevention Awareness

    Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month? The average home contains many things that can be poisonous to our furry friends. Being aware of what is and is not safe for your pet is very important! In this article, a Pickerington, OH vet lists some common household items that are poisonous to pets.

    Medications

    Medicines are one of the most common sources of poisoning in pets. Dogs are a bit more at risk than cats here, simply because of Fido’s indiscriminating appetite and his need to chew. Be sure to store medications—both prescription and OTC—well out of paws’ reach. Also, never ever give your pet medicine unless specifically instructed to by your vet.

    Lawn/Garden Products

    Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers can all be very toxic to your four-legged friend. In fact, Fido and Fluffy can get sick just by walking through a recently-treated spot and then licking their paws! If you apply one of these products to your lawn or garden, keep your furball away from that area. Giving your yard a good soaking can also help, by washing the residue into the soil.

    Pesticides

    Insecticides and rodenticides are extremely toxic to pets. Fido has been known to eat insect bait stations or traps. Fluffy isn’t safe here, either: cats sometimes eat or ‘play’ with rodents that have been poisoned. With some of these chemicals, a very small dose can be fatal! Be very careful not to expose your pet to these dangerous products.

    Food

    Many of our favorite foods are dangerous to both dogs and cats. Some of the common ones are garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw dough or yeast; alcohol; chocolate; caffeine; certain types of nuts; avocados; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

    Other Hazards

    Cleaning agents, automotive products, paint, and even perfume are also dangerous to pets. Antifreeze, or cooling fluid, is a big concern, because many pets like its taste.

    Prevention

    Although we hope none of our furry clients are ever exposed to these toxins, we do recommend keeping both our number and the pet poison control number handy, just in case. The ASPCA’s poison control number is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.) Our number is (614) 866-2290.

    Please contact us, your local Pickerington, OH animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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