March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week and it is not just for humans! Did you know that there are several items that are safe for humans but toxic to pets? Use this week as a reminder to make yourself familiar with harmful poisons that could be in reach of your pet. ASPCA recently released the top 10 animal toxins and the results may surprise you.
- Over the Counter Medication: Keep your medications, vitamins, and supplements out of reach of your pet at all times.
- Human Prescriptions: Common prescriptions such as antidepressants and heart medications are often accidentally ingested by pets. Keep theses prescriptions out of reach of pets at all times.
- Food: Several common foods that are delicious to humans are harmful to pets. These foods include grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.
- Chocolate: Keep chocolate away from pets at all times. Take special precaution during holidays where candy is abundant, especially Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
- Veterinary Products: If your pet is given a prescription, read the label carefully to avoid improper dosing.
- Household Items: Common items such as detergent, cleaning liquids, and paint can be harmful to your pet.
- Rodenticide: Pets may be attracted to the baits that are meant for rodents. Take precautions to ensure that your pet stays away from rodent baits.
- Insecticide: Pets may also be attracted to popular insect baits, sprays, and yard products. Plan ahead to make sure your pet is out of proximity when using these items.
- Plants: Common household pets that are beautiful to you could be harmful to your pet. Make sure all flowers and household plants are safe for your pets.
- Garden Products: As gardening season nears, make sure to keep your pets away from harmful fertilizers and herbicides.
By taking extra precautions, you can ensure that your pet stays healthy and safe. If you suspect your pet has come into contact with poison, contact your veterinarian immediately.