Actually, the whole month is promoted for getting the word out about poisons that can affect our pets. Cats and dogs can get into all kinds of trouble since they meet the world nose (and mouth) first.
I keep my book The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats within reach. Knowing what types of poisons affect pets, and what to do, can save their lives.
CLEANERS, INSECTICIDES & PEOPLE PILLS
Some poisons are obvious. Household cleaners, insecticides (especially misused flea products), and people medication top the list. Dogs tend to treat people pills as candy, and even cats may turn capsules into toys to be batted around and mouthed. Washing floors that pets then tread across and lick their pads can lead to ingestion of toxic substances, too. Cats are much more sensitive to some things than are dogs. And companion parrots and birds are even more sensitive than cat!
With spring and gardens ready to burst into life, it’s also important to know what plants are safe for your pets. Keeping the “dangerous” plants out of reach in the house–and out of your yard–is the best practice. Pest baits for critters that are tasty for vermin can be tempting for pets, too.
Don’t forget the spiders and snakes, urk! At least three times, Magical-Dawg has had reactions to some sort of bug bite or sting, so I’m extra vigilant when all the creepy crawlies come out. Here in Texas we have fire ants, as well as tarantulas and a friend of mine just found a brown recluse.
Even something as innocuous as cocoa mulch (smells sooooo good!) can kill pets when dogs munch the chocolate-tasting stuff–it contains theobromine, too, the active ingredient in chocolate that’s dangerous for cats and dogs. Beware all those chocolate Easter bunnies hopping into your home in the near future and keep ’em out of doggy munch range. There also are human foods that can cause problems in cats and dogs.
Speaking of Easter, at my house we keep Easter lilies far, far away. Lilies are toxic to pets, especially cats–check out the video of a few year’s back. The information still applies.
Have your pets ever suffered from poisoning? What did you do? How to protect your cats and dogs from temptation? Do tell!
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