Making your home hygienic and safe is critical to avoiding pet poisoning because more than 90% of poisonings occur at home. Pets have a habit of nibbling on leftover, scavenging the dust bin, and ingesting pills on the floor.
Basic Food that causes Pet Poisoning
Many foods commonly found in the kitchen are toxic to our pets. Avoid giving your pets a taste of the following:
- Xylitol (sugar-free gum/peanut butter)
- Yeast dough
43% of pet-poison call was made for dogs that ingested over-the-counter-drugs, and 16% of calls were for dogs that helped themselves to foods that are safe for humans, but poisonous for dogs.
The overdose of dietary supplement and vitamins were another cause for pet poisoning.
Although it’s hard to determine the poisoning, you must look out for these signs to provide immediate medical treatment.
Some of the other major pet poisoning problems are;
a. Irregular Heartbeats from Dog Poisoning
Ingestion of items such as jimson weed, kalanchoe, milkweed, mountain laurel, and oleander can cause an irregular heartbeat.
b. Kidney Failure from Poisoning
Antifreeze poisoning can cause your dog kidney failure and the inability to produce urine. Plants can also cause kidney damage. House plants such as dieffenbachia, Easter lily, caladium, pigweed, and philodendron can cause antifreeze poisoning that can lead to pet’s kidney damage.
c. Liver Damage from Dog Poisoning
Eating medications like acetaminophen and plants such as tansy ragwort or rattlebox can cause liver damage in pets.
d. Loss of Blood from Dog Poisoning
Ingesting rat or mouse poison can cause loss of blood from the stool. Eating onion, garlic, sweet clover, or bracken fern could also lead to anemia.
e. Neurological Symptoms from Dog Poisoning
Accidentally eating antidepressants, alcohol, aspirin, drain cleaners, dishwasher soap, gasoline, marijuana, flea repellents, tobacco, furniture polish, and strychnine can lead to severe neurological ailments in pets. The seizure is a common problem created by poisoning. Bite from breeds of snakes, spiders, toads, and frogs can cause the seizure.
How to Prevent Pet Poisoning
1. Keep Cabinets and Doors Locked
You must consider keeping your kitchen and bathroom cabinets closed all the time. The shelf which are in pets reach should be locked, so they can’t open it. Do not throw unused or expired medications in the garbage can.
2. Be Aware of Poisonous Household Products
Most household products such as lotions, creams, perfume, and house plants can cause fatal poisoning in pets. You should determine what things can be poisonous to your pets and consider keeping them away.
3. Stay Informed
Be mindful of the types of products, food, and plants you bring into your home. Also, keep the number of emergency services and veterinary care in reach. It is essential to have the local poison control phone number accessible and added to your mobile phone’s contact list. Better yet, download an app!
Always be careful when it comes to the life of your pet! Keeping in mind the safety first is important to ensure their health and wellness.