As a dog walking company, we understand that our client’s pets are beloved members of their families. We take great care to ensure that the dogs we walk are safe and happy while in our care. March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month, and it’s an important time to raise awareness about the dangers of pet poisoning.
Common Pet Poisons
There are many household items that can be toxic to dogs. Here are a few of the most common pet poisons:
- Human Medications – Many medications that are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs. This includes over-the-counter medications like pain relievers and prescription drugs like antidepressants.
- Gum – Specifically gum that contains xylitol, can be very dangerous and even deadly for dogs. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is safe for humans but can cause a rapid insulin release in dogs, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and even death.
- Household Cleaners – Many household cleaners contain chemicals that are toxic to dogs. Bleach, ammonia, and disinfectants are just a few examples.
- Rodenticides – Rodenticides are used to kill rodents, but they can also be deadly to dogs. Dogs can be exposed to rodenticides by ingesting them directly or by eating a rodent that has been poisoned.
- Chocolate – Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. The amount of theobromine in chocolate varies depending on the type of chocolate, but even small amounts can be dangerous.
- Plants – Some plants are toxic to dogs, including lilies, azaleas, and tulips. If you’re not sure if a plant is safe for your dog, it’s best to err on the side of caution and keep it out of reach.
Preventing Pet Poisoning
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent pet poisoning. Here are a few tips:
- Keep Medications and Chemicals Out of Reach – Make sure that all medications and household chemicals are stored in a secure location that is out of reach of your dog.
- Keep Food and Treats Away – Ensure your dog doesn’t have access to food or treats that are toxic to them, such as chocolate or grapes.
- Know the Signs of Poisoning – The signs of pet poisoning can vary depending on the type of toxin and the severity of the exposure. Some common signs include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and seizures. If you suspect that your dog has been poisoned, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away.
- Use Pet-Safe Products – When choosing household cleaners and other products, opt for pet-safe versions whenever possible.
As local dog walkers, we take pet safety seriously. If you’re concerned about pet poisoning, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice. We’re happy to help you keep your furry friend safe and healthy!