Now is the perfect time to take stock of everything in your home that may be toxic to your pup and make sure those items are out of reach!
Why now? Well, not that you need a reason to keep your fur-baby away from toxins, but now is as good a time as any to organize your hazardous items, because this week is National Poison Prevention week, and March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
If you aren't sure what things in your home might be toxic to your pup, keep reading ...
Learn what items in your home are the most toxic to your dog
These common household items are potentially poisonous to dogs. If you have any of these items in your home that are within your pup’s reach, move them to an upper or locked storage space so he or she can’t get into them.
According to the Pet Poison Prevention Helpline, 43% of calls are for dogs that ate over-the-counter or prescription medications. Antidepressants, Ibuprofen, prescription ADD medications, and cold, cough and allergy medications are some examples.
16% of calls to the Pet Poison Prevention Helpline are for foods that were meant only for human consumption but proved poisonous to dogs. Chocolate and Xylitol are the most well-known poisonous human foods, but foods that are often overlooked, such as raisins and grapes, can often cause kidney failure.
Insect Bait Stations and Rat/Mouse Poison
These items account for 6.5% and 7.5% of calls to the helpline, respectively. Not only can bait stations cause bowel obstructions but the active ingredients in products like these can cause uncontrolled bleeding and brain swelling in dogs.
Human Dietary Supplements and Vitamins
Human dietary supplements and vitamins account for 5.5% of calls to the Pet Poison Control Helpline. Your dog will likely be okay if he or she ingests small amounts of Vitamins C, K and E, but Iron and Vitamin D can cause significant problems for your pup.
If your dog eats something toxic, the effects may not be immediate
The effects your dog experiences after ingesting something poisonous may take days or weeks to materialize, or become noticeable, since she can’t talk to you. If your dog eats something poisonous and you don't notice a negative reaction right away, she still may not be clear of the toxin. In this case, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline for immediate help and advice.
- Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661
- Have an Iphone? Download the Pet Poison Help App
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435