Last week, we shared six things that may poison your dog or cat. If you haven’t yet given it a read, we highly recommend it. It’s Pet Poison Awareness month and we are dedicated to helping fur parents like you keep their treasured pets safe. So, this week, we’re continuing on a similar theme by providing you with tips on how to prevent pet poisoning.
While most responsible pet owners keep the obvious poisons away from their pets, such as harmful chemicals, it’s important to remember that poisons may come from the most unlikely places. One such place is the leftovers on your plate. With that in mind, here are four ways to prevent pet poisoning.
1. Brush Up on Pet Poisons
The best way to prevent pet poisoning is to stay up-to-date on substances that are considered hazardous for your pet. This is important whether your pet is a cat, dog, guinea pig or snake. There are potential hazards that can affect any pet.
If you don’t know what those are, you may fail to protect your pet. Here are some common items to double-check in your home:
- Household cleaning chemicals
- Herbicides and pesticides
2. Lock Harmful Items Away
Now that you know what the poisonous items may be, it’s important to keep them out of the reach of your pets. This is especially important if you have a cat. Not only are cats master escape artists, but they also have greater access to cupboards and shelves of their own free will. I (yes, me!) even know how to open doors with my bare paws!
If you have an equally genius pet, or just one who has an everlasting nose for mischief, there’s no such thing as taking too many extra precautions. Here are a few you may want to follow:
- Stash all harmful chemicals and substances in one closet and keep the door shut at all times. If you have a cat who is handy with a door knob, consider locking the door to prevent cat poisoning.
- If you only have dogs in your home, putting harmful substances on a high shelf or cupboard may be enough to keep the pup safe.
- Remember that some of the worst hazards are right on your plate, so take care with leaving your food unattended at the table. Consider putting your plate in the microwave or oven to resist temptation. Merely covering it up won’t stop us!
3. Know Your Pet
Even when your home is top-level dog proof, you can’t always vouch for your family and friends, especially if they don’t have pets or small children. They may leave chemicals or food lying about that may pose a threat to your pet. Your dog may also encounter hazards if he gets off his leash and goes sniffing or rolling in chemically treated grass.
Because of this, an important tool to prevent dog poisoning is just knowing your pet. If your pet is acting strangely and you believe there is a possibility that they may have come into contact with something poisonous, act immediately.
Petco suggests you keep the following items handy in case of a dog poisoning emergency:
- Vegetable oil to coat digestive track and remove substances from fur
- Diluted vinegar or lemon juice to neutralize an alkali
- Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting
- Liquid antacid for acidic poisons
However, do not act until you have spoken to a vet. According to PetMD, some poisons may actually cause more damage if your pet throws up. Call your vet, explain the symptoms and seek their advice.
4. Go to the Vet
Even with the best advice, home remedies may only do so much and no more. If your dog or cat does not show immediate signs of recovery, don’t procrastinate, or you may be a moment too soon. Better to be safe than sorry!
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