Creating a safe environment is key to keeping your animals happy and healthy. The modern home contains many substances that are potentially toxic to an inquisitive dog or cat.
FLEA AND TICK TREATMENTS
Topical flea products containing pyrethroids (with permethrin as the active ingredient) are not safe for use on cats.
SNAIL BAITS & RAT POISONS
Try some of the pet-safe alternatives available, and if you must use poisons in your home use them sparingly.
GARDEN HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES & FERTILIZERS
Poisons can be transferred to the coat and will be ingested when an animal licks itself. Fertilizers containing bone meal are very attractive and harmful to dogs.
Human medicines can all be toxic to dogs and cats. Cats are particularly susceptible to poisoning in this way. Aspirin is very dangerous to cats.
FOODS & FOOD ADDITIVES
Onions, garlic and chives are toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate is extremely toxic to your pets. Grapes and raisins are best avoided altogether.
PLANTS & TREES
Some plants are poisonous if ingested while others are harmful if simply chewed. Know the plants in your area.
Ethylene glycol is a common household chemical involved in the accidental poisoning of dogs and cats. Use non-hazardous, animal-friendly products.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A POISONING
Keep the number of your family vet and local veterinary emergency service handy. Treatment, if required, will depend on the toxin and amount eaten, so have as much information available as possible. The container of the potential poison will list ingredients and other information the vet will need. A sample of the potential poisonous substance may also be helpful.
Article by Jimmy Symmonds & Cara Williams, Rogz Docz