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Posted on 01-10-2013

Pet Preventative Care: Keeping Your Dogs and Cats Away from Deadly Toxins

Santa Clarita veterinarian addresses pet preventative care.jpgKeeping your dogs and cats healthy starts with pet preventative care right in your own home. If you have a pet, our Santa Clarita veterinarian recommends going from room to room, through the garage and the yard—wherever your pet may go—to check for and remove any dangers. Specifically, make sure the following toxic things are well out of reach of curious pets, as these can severely sicken or even be fatal to your pets. A quick check around the house can keep your pet from harm.

Protect Your Dogs and Cats from the Following Toxic Dangers

Human Medications—The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center says these are the number one pet poisoning agents. Symptoms for dogs and cats ingesting human meds differ depending on the animal and the medication. Quickly assess the situation: find the bottle and follow any poisoning instructions. Then call our Santa Clarita veterinarian immediately for help.

Human Foods—Pet preventative care means feeding pets their appropriate food and keeping them from chocolate, grapes, onions, foods containing the sweetener Xylitol, bread dough, avocados, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages and bones. Some of these cause severe gastrointestinal distress, some cause liver and cardiac damage. Avoid feeding your pet table scraps and keep a tight lid on the kitchen garbage can.

Anti-Freeze—This sweet-tasting substance is very attractive to pets, yet deadly in just a few licks. Clean up any automotive leaks immediately and keep your pet out of any area where a leak is likely to occur.

Plants—Another important pet preventative care step is to know whether or not the plants in your home or yard are toxic to pets: Nearly 700 different species are listed with the Humane Society as potentially dangerous! Just some of the more common examples: most types of lilies and bulb plants, azaleas, foxgloves, oleander, peach tree bark, philodendron, mushrooms and fungi, etc.

Other dangerous pet toxins include household cleaners, paints, personal care products, rat poisons, automotive and lawn and garden care products.

What other suggestions do you have for detoxifying your home for pets?


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