How To Prevent Pet Poisoning

Preventing Pet PoisoningAccidental poisoning is one of the more common reasons pets visit an animal hospital. Often, people tend to forget that like kids, pets are inquisitive especially in the younger years.  Careless handling and storage of cleaning supplies, pool chemicals and other household items can lead to very bad consequences. If you’re a pet owner, it’s a good idea to think about safety proofing your home to prevent pet poisoning. Below are some ideas to consider when going through your home.

When saftey-proofing your home for a pet, think about all the different types of ways poisons can enter your pet through a few different routs.  Many poisons can be injected, absorbed, ingested or inhaled. If you’re a cat owner, it may not be enough just placing dangerous items on a higher shelf or cabinet.

Also consider the geographical environment in which you live.  Different regions have different flora and critters that could be dangerous for the pets.  Animals such as snakes, frogs, black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, fire ants and wasps are to name a few. Pest management is very important to ensure your pooch doesn’t go sniffing around the home of one of these animals.

If you’re a cat owner, you may want to check regularly to see that webs and spiders have been removed from your shed. Living in Florida, you may come across black widows spider. Cats are especially sensitive to the bite from a black widow and can loose 30% of their body weight in the first 24 hours after a bite.

Always be aware of your surroundings and know the different resources you have at hand in case of an emergency.  Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect a poisoning and induce vomiting only if you are advised to do so by your vet. If you can, get a sample of the vomit for analysis to determine the exact type of poisoning.

Signs and symptoms of a poisoning may not appear instantly as in an anaphylactic reaction, where the body swells and constricts breathing. So keep monitoring your pet as you safely transport them to an animal hospital or your veterinarian. Keep in mind that in an emergency, making a call to the vet and asking them for advise is the absolute best thing to do.

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