Pets and Poisons
Pets and Poison
A Growing Epidemic
The Animal Hospitals at Bideawee know that plants may be pretty, but some plants are poisonous - and even deadly. As little as a single leaf from any lily variety can be lethal to your cats.
-Christmas tree pine needles
-Mulch with cocoa beans
Acetaminophen is found in more than 200 prescription and nonprescription formulations such as Tylenol, Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Lorcet. Acetaminophen reduces our pains and fevers: But just one pill can kill a cat. A dog that ingests it can suffer kidney failure and liver damage. Dogs are most commonly poisoned by ibuprofen, enticed by the pill's sweet coating. Common brands of ibuprofen include Advil, Midol, and Motrin, although it comes in many generic forms as well.
The Animal Poison Control Center advises that as few as seven grapes can be fatal to dogs. Current, the exact toxic component remains unclear; but symptoms can last several days to weeks - if your pet responds to treatment. Other toxic foods include avocados, chocolate, coffee, raisins, nutmeg, onions, garlic, raw salmon, and the sweetener Xylitol, which is found in items like sugar-free candy and gum.
Common sense may tell you that antifreeze is deadly. But are you aware how often pets are exposed to it? You can look no farther than your driveway or garage, on the street or in a parking lot for it. To keep your pet from licking antifreeze, pour cat litter or sand over the sweet-smelling fluid. Pet-safe antifreeze is also available at many stores.
We're not advising you to stop cleaning your house, but be careful where you store potentially hazardous cleaning products. Pets can gain access to bottles found in lower cabinets or the trash can. IN particular, bathroom cleaners that contain bleach or disinfectant sprays can cause very serious chemical burns on the tongue and upper esophagus if a pet licks or consumes them.
Some flea products are more harmful than the fleas themselves. Many over-the-counter treatments contain the toxins pyrethrin and permethrin, and insecticide commonly used to kill fleas on dogs. Before you buy a topical flea product, ask your veterinarian which ones are safe for your pet.
Pets are commonly treated for ingesting the following poisons:
-Plants, particularly lilies
-Over-the-counter flea treatments
A few simple measures can prevent accidental poisoning: