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Common Items That Are Poisonous to Pets

March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month. This is definitely a topic that we take seriously! Although many of our furry patients are very intelligent, they don’t know what is and isn’t safe for them to eat or play with. And, seeing a warning or skull and crossbones on a label won’t do much to dissuade them. Therefore, it’s up to you to keep your pet safe. An East Dallas, TX vet lists some common household items that are poisonous to pets in this article.

Plants

Some of the most popular houseplants are poisonous to dogs and cats. Lilies, for example, are extremely toxic to cats. Sago palms are one of the most dangerous ones for dogs. You can find a full list of both safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here.

Household Chemicals

Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers definitely aren’t something you would want to ingest. They are also poisonous to pets. Fido and Fluffy could ingest these chemicals just by walking through a recently-treated spot and then licking their paws. If you use these chemicals on your property, give the area a good soaking afterwards, so the chemicals go into the ground. It’s also a good idea to wipe Fido’s paws down with a damp cloth when you bring him inside. Household cleaners, automotive products, paints, and other chemicals are also unsafe. Antifreeze/coolant is also extremely toxic to pets.

Foods

Many of our favorite foods are dangerous to our furry friends. Grapes, currants, and raisins are extremely toxic to dogs. Although reactions may vary from dog to dog, some pooches can suffer organ failure after eating a single grape! Err on the side of caution, and keep these things away from Fido. Other unsafe foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; and pitted fruits. Ask your vet for more information.

Medication

Never, ever give your pet human medicine, unless specifically directed to by your veterinarian. Keep both prescription and OTC medications in secure cabinets.

Tips

We always recommend erring on the side of caution. Download a few pet first aid apps, and/or get a brochure. You’ll also want to keep the number for the ASPCA Poison Control Center handy. That is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.)

Please contact us, your East Dallas, TX vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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