Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month? This is definitely something we would like to spread awareness about. Our furry companions are both curious and frisky, and don’t always know what is and isn’t safe for them. Read on as a local Portland, OR vet discusses some of the things that can endanger your beloved animal friend.
Dogs are somewhat more at risk of eating poisonous foods, if only because Fido will eat, well, just about anything, while Fluffy is a bit pickier. However, there are plenty of felines who won’t hesitate to snack on anything within paws’ reach. Some of the foods that are dangerous for pets include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; avocados; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; caffeine; and dairy products. Anything that contains xylitol is also a no-no, as are meat on the bone; fast food; and raw dough, meat, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
Many of our favorite plants are actually toxic to our furry friends. Make sure that all of your houseplants are pet-safe. You can find a full list of toxic and non-toxic plants at the ASPCA website here .
It may be surprising to realize how many poisons you actually have in your home. Automotive products, cleaning agents, lawn and garden products, and pesticides are just a few of the things that can endanger our furry pals. Dryer sheets, cosmetics, and human medications can also be toxic to pets. Keep these items in secure cabinets, where your four-legged buddy can’t reach them.
Antifreeze is another major concern. Unfortunately, many pets like the taste of it, and will lick it up, not realizing that they are ingesting something that is extremely toxic. Always clean up any spills right away, and cover damp spots with sand or cat litter.
If you know or suspect that your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, call your vet or a pet poison control center right away. We always advise erring on the side of caution, so you may want to keep those numbers handy. We can be reached at 503-665-1126. The ASPCA’S poison control hotline is 1-888- 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.)
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Is your four-legged friend due for an exam? Contact us, your Portland, OR animal clinic, today!