Dog Poison Alerts!
Dog poison does not earn a place on the good, healthy dog food list. So let's have a conversation about what dogs are NOT supposed to eat. There is nothing about anything on the following list that constitutes good dog nutrition, in any way at all.
Every year, the ASPCA publishes a list of the ten most common substances that can cause death and/or sickness for dogs. Is there a dog poison lurking right under your nose at home? It is always easier to prevent a problem before it occurs. So let's try to make sure we safeguard our pets, by eliminating the risks.
Top 10 Pet Poisons 2014
Chocolate - Unbelievable isn't it.? Chocolate has
moved to the #1 position. The number of calls at Christmas,
Valentine's Day, Easter and Mother's Day have escalated. If you're
missing some chocolate, and are not sure that the dog ate it, take
him to the vet anyway. Often symptoms do not turn up until much
later, and by then it may be too late!
- Rodenticides - Setting bait outside to kill, mice,
rats, squirrels etc., can pose a very real risk for your pet. Some
of these products can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure and
seizures. Most mouse and rat poisons are treated with something that
deters children from eating them, but unfortunately dogs are not so
discriminating, and they don't read labels.
- Over The
Counter Human Medications - Ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen
( Tylenol ) can kill your pet. Never give any medication to your pet
without consulting with your veterinarian first. Counter cruising
pets steal pill bottles from counters, bed side tables, and scarf
down meds that fall on the floor. So store these things safely away
and out of reach, including your purse or any carrying bag that may
contain pain relievers on the inside.
- Insecticides - These chemicals are used in the home,
in the yard and on our pets. Watch out for those bait stations for
ants. The fight to rid our home environment of unwanted pests
seriously puts our pets at risk. The misuse of flea and tick
products and heartworm preventatives are the most common. These are chemical
insecticides. Never use dog products on cats! If you are
using chemical insecticides for pets, talk to your vet first,
so that you understand the correct usage of these products. There are also terrific natural remedies for fleas
on dogs and other parasites such as ticks.
These are the methods I use for our pets. Instead of chemicals that
are potentially toxic to dogs and cats, the natural way keeps me
- Xylitol - The newest nightmare on the list. This
sugar free sweetener is a dog poison we didn't have to worry about
before. Now xylitol is showing up in all kinds of products such
as candy, dental hygiene products, supplements, food and medicines,both
prescription and non prescription. So please read labels. Xylitol can cause liver failure in your dog.
Products - It is amazing what animals can find to
chew up around the house. Everything from fire logs to paint, to
household cleaners. Laundry pods are especially dangerous.
The detergent ingredients are concentrated, and the pod containers
look like food. Some household items can be deadly, corrosive or
obstructive to the digestive tract. Others are absorbed through the
paws and skin, causing liver problems. Investigate other more
natural cleaning products.
- Antidepressants - Prescription medications, and in
particular antidepressants, are becoming a big problem because of
increased use by humans. The higher the dose, the bigger the
problem! If your dog appears to be walking like he's drunk, you'd
better check your antidepressant meds.
Products and Plant Fertilizers - Can be made of dried
blood, poultry manure and bone meal, and are very attractive to pets.
Many herbicides and pesticides are environmental toxins, so a
more natural pest deterrent is something you might want to
consider using instead of chemicals.
- Raisins and
Grapes - No
one knows for sure why these fruits are problem, but they are, for
some dogs. For dogs who respond poorly, kidney failure
is a real possibility. So to be on the safe side, make sure your
grapes and raisins are safely out of reach! Raisins are often found
in human food such as chocolate bars ( see # 1 ), cereals and granola bars.
- Dewormers - Please do not give dewormers meant for
cattle or horses to your dog or cat. The active
ingredients are often the same, but the
concentration of ingredients is much higher. There are many
natural alternative options to these deworming medications.
If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic dog poison, please contact your veterinarian and/or call the Pet Poison Helpline. The 24-hour hotline number is 1- (855) 764-7661
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