March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and acts as a great reminder to review all the necessary steps we can take to keep our pets safe and healthy! Pets are curious by nature which is part of what makes them special but it can also lead them into harm's way if we don’t properly prevent them from getting into dangerous pet toxins. Accidents happen even with the best trained pets and that’s why prevention is the best defense against harm from pet poison.
There are many common house plants that can be toxic to pets so it is important to do your research before introducing a new plant to your home. Always take a look outside of your home and around your neighborhood to see what type of plants your pet may cross paths with. Common plants toxic to pets are:
Remember if it is not safe for you, it won’t be safe for them. Toxic items and cleaners should be safely secured in a location your pet can’t access:
Please note that these are only a few common pet poisons and many other foods, flowers, and items can be toxic to pets.
Up & Away: Once you have identified the potentially dangerous or toxic items in your household make sure you have them stored in a safe place that is up and away from your pet. If you are eating or using items toxic to pets be sure to keep your pet away and clean up as soon as you are done.
Childproof Locks: If your pup or cat has a habit of getting into rooms or cupboards they shouldn’t, it may be a good idea to have childproof locks on the doors that hold your non pet friendly items for times you can’t be around to watch them.
Pet Gates: If you tend to store your cleaning products, fertilizers, or other toxic items in one area or room, you can add a gate or barrier that will block access to your pet. Ensuring your pet cannot access areas where their curiosity may get them into trouble is a great way to prevent unwanted situations.
Please note that these are only a few common signs and symptoms and that there are a wide variety of symptoms for pet poisons.
If you have concerns your pet may have gotten into a poison or toxin it is important to act fast and call your nearest emergency veterinarian right away. They will be able to suggest the correct next actions to take. It is always better to be safe than sorry and call for help immediately. If your emergency veterinarian is not available you can call the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 (fees may apply).