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Pet Poison Prevention By Staying Informed

In recognition of National Pet Poison Prevention Week this week, we spotlight the common household items which can poison your pet. Let’s take a look back at some of our other posts and what dangers may be lurking in your home. Click any of the links below to learn more about that particular item.

We compiled a list of the top 10 human foods that pets should not eat. On that list is chocolate. This is an example pet insurance claim for a puppy that got into some chocolate. The list also includes grapes and raisins which are also dangerous for dogs and cats. This pet insurance claim was for two dogs in the same household that got into some grapes!

Chewing gum and candies should also be kept away from dogs and cats because the artificial sweetener xylitol is poisonous to them.

Salmon and some other fish may be infected by a parasite which is very harmful to dogs (but fortunately harmless for cats).

There are many other household items besides food which can pose a danger to your pet. One example is rat poisoning. Zinc phosphide is used to poison rodents, but unfortunately, it may also be an attractive snack to your dog or cat. Antifreeze unfortunately has a very sweet taste to pets but is very harmful to their bodies when ingested.

Human medications are often a concern because pets may accidentally get into them on the counter, floor, or in your purse. An unknowing pet owner may also dispense the wrong kind of pain medication to a pet which can cause serious problems. Tylenol is an example of a medication that should never be given to pets.

Finally, there are many different types of plants to be avoided with pets. Cocoa bean mulch should not be used for gardening since it contains the same chemicals as chocolate. Lilies are toxic to cats and can cause kidney problems. The Sago Palm plant also causes health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, and liver failure.

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