Now that all the green beer has been consumed and the green shirt you wear once a year has been restored in the mothballs, we can get down to the serious event of the week. Poison prevention week. Pet owners may be surprised of all the items that are toxic to pets that are lying around the home. You don’t have to throw everything away, or spend all day reading all the labels on everything you buy. There is plenty of good information out there to make your home safe for your pets and maybe even the rest of your family.
I found this blog from the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon that has a list of many of the items that are dangerous to pets. You may not even be aware that some of the most toxic items can be your houseplants. I have a client that has a cat and dog, and when I’d go over there to walk the dog, I could tell the cat had eaten some of the leaves on plants and had gotten sick. Lilies are especially dangerous. Here’s a list of plants that are harmful to pets if ingested.
There are many dangerous things in the kitchen too. Dog owners know what spots on the counter are not safe from their dogs. It’s harder to keep things away from cats because they can get almost anywhere. That’s why it’s important to know what is dangerous and to keep it in the pantry or a cabinet and that those doors are kept closed. If you smoke, it’s important to empty your ashtrays. You don’t want to leave cigarettes lying around either. Second hand smoke is toxic to pets just as it is to humans, so you may want to do your smoking in a place where your pets can’t go.
The Pet Poison Helpline has a great website with a lot of wonderful information about making your home a safe environment for your family and your pets. If your pet does ingest something that you are afraid could be dangerous to it, they have a number to call for help. There is a $39 fee for this, but it includes follow up calls. You may want to put the number in your phone: 800-213-6680. It is monitored 24/7.
As you do your spring cleaning, keep some of these tips in mind and you may find some things that can be easily fixed. Hopefully you’ll never need to call the hotline. This is another instance that preparation can prevent a problem or at least make it less likely to happen.
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