Caring for your pet is important! While we can keep their regular appointments, give them preventative treatments and buy them the best foods, we can’t always know when they will find something poisonous. Here at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital, we want to help make you aware of some common pet poisons. March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, so we wanted to take a moment to provide you with some of the most commonly reported poisons that might be accessible to your pet, and what you can do to keep your pets safe in Elkin, North Carolina or anywhere you might be.
Common poisons for both cats and dogs include things like antidepressants, NSAIDS like Tylenol©, cold medications, rodenticides, ADD/ADHD medications, and many different types of cleaners. Other poisons include chocolate, lilies, glow sticks, xylitol, caffeine pills and other vitamins and minerals. Depending on whether you have a dog, cat, or combination of the two, determining the “danger items” for your pets is important, and having a plan if your pets do get into these items is critical.
A great way to protect your pet is to obtain a list of potential poisons for your pet and keep that list in an easily accessible location. Call your vet immediately and/or have the number for pet poison control readily available or stored in your phone. Keep the label of the medication or whatever they ingested in case you need to take them to the veterinarian. Prevention is the best when it comes to pet poisons, so read labels carefully before giving anything to your pet. You should also keep medicines, medications and other potential hazards up high and out of reach of pets and take careful steps to ensure your pets are safe from accessing things which could harm them.
Because there are many things that are poisonous to pets and different steps to take if these things are ingested, we understand you might have questions. Please contact us here at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital for more information and look into pet-proofing your home today!