Hey Dogster readers, listen up!
March is Poison Prevention Month, which means that if you’ve never inspected your home for items that could prove disastrous for your dog friend, now’s the time. And even if you’ve already puppy-proofed the house, a review is always helpful.
Use this article as a way to help spread awareness about the importance of making sure owners take responsibility for creating safer environments for their dog friends. We’ve created a handy infographic for you to share wherever possible, and we’ve also included some helpful information.
Common foods that are toxic to dogs include:
- Grapes and raisins
- Medicine and supplements not intended for or prescribed to your dog
- Potato; rhubarb and tomato leaves and stems; green tomatoes or potatoes
In addition to these foods — which can be fatal in even the smallest amounts — there are other foods that can cause harm with repeated exposure or in excessive quantities. Anything that is excessively salty, sweet, or fatty can be okay in smaller portions but can have harmful health consequences in greater amounts. Consult your veterinarian on the best diet for your dog before giving a new food.
Common household plants that are toxic to dogs include:
- Aloe Vera
- Emerald Fern
Common outdoor plants that are toxic to dogs include:
- Morning Glory
Symptoms of poisoning include:
- Difficulty breathing
But hey, accidents happen, and when they do, you can help allay the situation by being prepared. Make sure you have your local emergency veterinarian’s contact handy, as well as a carrier or travel kit prepared for your dog, and cash or a credit card set aside specifically for medical events. The ASPCA also has a National Animal Poison Control Center you can call, but beware that charges may apply — check the site for details.
What will you be doing for Poison Prevention Awareness Month? Which precautions would you add to this list?
Top photo by Matt Baume
Check out Dogster for more in depth information on how to make your home safer for your dog:
- Poisonous Plants and Foods for Dogs
- Why Is Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?
- Ask a Vet: The Problem with Dogs and Jerky Treats
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- 6 Things to Remember When You Have a Fearful Dog
- Four Things You Should Know About Your Dog’s Growl
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