As the snowy months continue and winter drags on, it’s easy to feel a little cooped up inside with your pets. The ice and snow make it difficult to exercise your pets outdoors, so inside activities are a must for your furry family member!
If you’re keeping your dog busy with a Kong filled with treats or your cat happy with a fun, new toy, it’s important to also keep them healthy by only giving them pet-safe foods.
March is pet poison prevention month, so we’re covering some common foods and items to keep away from your pet in order to keep them safe. Let’s dive in!
What are Common Items to Keep Away from Dogs?
It can be a bit confusing to figure out which items are safe for our pets, and which are not. Specifically, when it comes to human foods, there are often mixed messages online.
For the best pet poison prevention possible, commit to keeping the following items away from your dog at all times:
- Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
- Human Vitamins (Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
- Human Pain Relievers (Ibuprofen, etc.)
- Cold and Allergy Medications (all kinds)
- Antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, etc.)
- Chewing gum and Toothpastes
- Tylenol (all kinds)
- Caffeine Pills
If your dog comes into contact with any of these items, contact your veterinarian right away.
Which Items Should I Keep Away From my Cat?
Many household items are also dangerous to your feline family members as well. Although people often correlate pet poison prevention strictly with their dogs, it’s also important to keep our cats safe, too!
Here are some of the most common poisonous items to keep away from your cat:
- Insecticides for Plants and Flowers
- Household Cleaners
- Cold and Flu Medication (such as Tylenol)
- Glow Sticks
- ADD and ADHD Medications (such as Amphetamines)
- Mouse and Rat Poison
Again, if your pet has come into contact with or ingested any of the items above, be sure to let your vet know right away.
What Do I Do If I Suspect My Pet Has Been Poisoned?
If you suspect your pet has ingested or come into contact with the above items, the best thing to do is to give our offices a call immediately. Unfortunately, if a pet ingests certain items, it can be fatal fairly quickly. Aside from contacting your veterinarian, you can also find helpful pet poison prevention information at the following places:
- Call the ASPCA’s Pet Poison Helpline: (888) 426-4435
- Visit the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center Online
When you contact your vet or call the Pet Poison Hotline, it’s important to have the container, package, or label in hand of the poisonous item. This will save valuable time when on the phone with a pet expert, and may even save the life of your pet.
Additional Pet Safety Tips
- Certain household plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. For example, lilies are especially poisonous to cats. Just one or two petals can be fatal!
- Keep home fragrance products, such as liquid potpourri, out of reach. These products may cause chemical burns if ingested.
- Be sure to keep common items found in purses, such as cigarettes or sugar-free gum with xylitol, away from your pets.