National Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, so this is a good reminder that pets are vulnerable to many potentially life-threatening items in our homes. Additionally, you may not be aware that if you’ve purchased a HomeAgain microchip for your pet, you have access to 12 months of the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435), and can purchase an additional membership after that. To keep your four-legged friends safe, be aware of these potential dangers commonly found:

  • Household Cleaners: Watch out for household cleaners that use harsh chemicals such as toilet or drain cleaners, which can cause chemical burns. Consider all-natural cleaning alternatives to avoid any unexpected incidents with your pet.
  • Human Food: While your pet may be your best friend, they shouldn’t be eating the same food as you. Nuts, grapes, raisins, chocolate, salty foods, undercooked meat and even bones can be detrimental to your pet’s health. If you do have the urge to share your food with your furry friend, try peanut butter, baby carrots, apple slices, oatmeal, or plain cooked chicken.
  • Indoor Plants: Plants and flowers spruce up a home, but several varieties can be toxic to cats and dogs. Lilies, for example, are especially poisonous to cats, and should be removed from cat households. If a cat ingests just one or two petals, it could be fatal. Other poisonous plants include (but are not limited to): azaleas, aloe vera, sago palms, jade, and daffodils.
  • Rodent Traps: Nobody likes a rodent scurrying around the house, but rodenticides found in mouse and rat traps can be extremely dangerous to pets. Even small amounts may cause internal bleeding or swelling of the brain in dogs. If you need to use rodenticides in your home, consult a veterinarian to select one that is safe for your pet.
  • Human Medication: Medications such as over-the-counter and prescription pills, inhalers and dietary supplements should be safely locked up in secure cupboards. Do not leave them on countertops or tables or store them in plastic zippered baggies, which can be easily chewed through. It is helpful to keep a list of the medications in your house. If your pet accidently ingests one of them, knowing the name of the medication is helpful in veterinarians giving advice on how to treat your pet.

In case of any pet emergencies, call your veterinarian or an emergency clinic immediately.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at two locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.