Prevention Is Key: Avoiding Household Pet Toxins
When we think of dangerous items that may be in our homes, we probably aren’t thinking about mundane things like chocolate or aspirin. These and other items we might have lying around deserve a second look, however, as they can pose a poisoning risk to our four-legged friends.
Pet poisoning situations are one of the most common causes of pet emergencies, but preventing a scary accident is as simple as moving dangerous items out of your pet’s reach. The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a look around your home for household pet toxins and make sure they are stored safely.
Household Pet Toxins 101
Safety-proofing the house for your pet begins with identifying household pet toxins and removing them or securing them out of reach. The most commonly found dangers include:
It’s hard to imagine a pet who wouldn’t jump at the chance to root around in the garage. Make sure the following toxic items are safely stored in a secure cabinet or some other place not accessible to your pet:
A Discerning Look
The safe and proper storage of household pet toxins is the key to preventing an accidental poisoning. Consider the following tips:
Handling a Pet Poisoning Emergency
Despite our best efforts, pet poisoning emergencies can and do occur. If you know or suspect that your pet has ingested something he or she shouldn’t have, please give us a call or dial the ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline immediately.
Pet emergencies can be costly, but you can help alleviate the burden by enrolling in one of our pet wellness plans. The staff at Androscoggin Animal Hospital is happy to assist you in finding the right plan for your pet and your budget. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.