Attention pet owners, March is Pet Poison Prevention Month! Poisonings are a tragic but preventable occurrence, so learn more about the precautions you should take and the substances to avoid. Here are some of the most common toxic items that can harm your pet.
- Insecticides and rodent poison are a common cause of pet poisonings every year. Never store these items where your pet can reach them, and make sure to use only as directed and only in the specified areas.
- There are a number of different plants that can be harmful to cats and dogs. Flowers such as azalea, oleander, tulips, and several varieties of lilies can be poisonous, while other plants like sago palm, castor, yew, or ivy can be toxic as well.
- People foods also account for a large amount of pet poisonings. Some common household foods to avoid feeding animals are chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic. Xylitol, a sugarless sweetener used in gums and candy, is one item that is affecting more pets each year.
If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, seek veterinary attention immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 ($65 Consultation Fee) or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 ($35 Consultation Fee). Both are available 24 hours a day.