Household Items That May
Pose Danger to Our Four-Footed Friends
Dogs and cats
are curious, hungry and low to the ground and our mischievous friends
enjoy nothing more than getting right in the thick of things. Some basic
household items, while helpful to us, can be dangerous poisons to our
furry friends. Keep this in mind while your pet is exercising his/her
or Aspirin. This is extremely poisonous to cats.
It tastes sweet but can cause fatal kidney damage.
The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous to a dog.
Compost or Garbage. Dogs will scavenge the unthinkable.
Medicines. What could be a normal dose for humans can be a megadose
for our pets.
- Rat Poison.
This can cause serious internal bleeding that may not show up for up
to two weeks.
- Slug Bait (Metaldehyde).
Even a small dose can cause drooling, shaking and seizures.
- Plants. Some
household plants can be extremely dangerous to your pet if ingested,
such as Holly and English Ivy, ask your vet for a list of poisonous
If you suspect
that your dog may have ingested something poisonous call your vet
immediately and take these first aid steps:
- If you know
the source of the poisoning you've got a jump on what you're dealing
with. Keep the container so you can better inform your vet of what
your pet has ingested which will better help your vet assess the
- If you are
advised by the vet to induce vomiting, and if your pet seems alert,
take your pet to the kitchen or bathroom. Add ¼ cup hydrogen
peroxide to ¼ cup water and gently administer 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls
of this by mouth, using a syringe or child's medicine spoon. The pet
should vomit within 5 minutes; if not, administer one more dose. Do
not induce vomiting if the poison is unknown. Caustic poisons can do
more damage coming back up.
- Follow any
additional advice from your vet, such as taking the animal in to be
checked, or feeding your pet something to dilute the poison.
another good source is the National Animal Poison Hotline. This service
is available 24-hours a day, staffed by veterinary professionals,
toxicologists and pharmacologists who are dedicated to the healthcare
needs of animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances. The
hotline screens calls, accesses information about the suspected
substance, tells the pet owner what necessary steps to take and is
refereed to the nearest emergency clinic in the pet owner's area.
Callers must pay a $35 consultation fee. To reach the Animal Poison
Hotline call (888) 232-8870.