March is pet poison prevention month. Raising awareness about the toxins, chemicals, and other potentially dangerous substances is important to ensuring the safety and well-being of your beloved animals. Here are the poisons you should look out for, so you can provide the best pet care for your furry friend.
Pet Poison Prevention Month: Avoid These Harmful Substances
Pet care professionals say over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen (like Advil and Tylenol) and cold and allergy pills containing pseudoephedrine such as Sudafed or Sinus 12-hour, contain extremely toxic chemical compounds that could be lethal to your cat or dog. Make sure you keep all medicines locked in a drawer or in a cabinet out of reach. If you have prescriptions you take every day, put them in a drawer in your nightstand.
You may be tempted to give your dog a bite of your dinner, but before you do, make sure that you check if its safe. Pet experts say for cats and dogs to avoid chocolate, caffeine, onions, garlic, and even grapes. If you’re unsure, you can check online or make a call to your local pet care professional or veterinarian.
Xylitol, is a sweetener used to make toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, and even certain candies and baked goods more palatable. However, these chemical compounds can spike insulin in your pets and ultimately lead to liver failure. It’s a good idea to look for toiletries and other goods without this harmful ingredient, and keep toiletries in your bathroom cabinet and off the counter.
Some of the best pet care you can provide is preventative care, so your furry friend can live a long, fulfilling life. However, if an emergency occurs, call a pet hospital right away. Animal Health Care Center North Ltd. in Rhinelander, WI, is the area’s leading veterinary professionals. They offer surgical and medical services in addition to preventative care to make sure your pet is happy and healthy. Learn more about protecting your pet online, or call (715) 365-8387 to speak with one of their friendly and knowledgeable staff members.