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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hidden Dangers (In Your Own Home!) That Can Harm Your Pet

                                Me and the cat...trying to keep each other safe!

We all try to provide the safest homes possible for our pets, but you may not always be aware of some common items that could be very dangerous for your furry friends. 

For instance, did you know human medications are one of the top hazards for your pet? Pets may gobble up dropped pills, or they can grab medications off a nightstand. Human medication—whether it’s prescription medications or even ibuprofen and aspirin—can be very harmful to your pet and cause symptoms ranging from nausea and vomiting to seizures and cardiac arrest.

Other dangers include:

__ Common houseplants, like lilies, that can cause renal failure in cats (And we all know that Poinsettias, our favorite celebratory plant this time of year, are poisonous to our feline friends.)

__Toxic foods, like chocolate, grapes, avocados, garlic and salt.

__Household items, like detergent and dryer sheets, lighter fluid, rodenticides and tobacco products.

__Small objects such as coins, buttons, jewelry and sewing needles that could be swallowed and cause choking or damage to the digestive tract.

It's best to simply keep these items out of your pet’s reach, stored safely in drawers, locked cabinets or "overhead compartments".
If your pet has an accident, one of the most important things to remember is to stay calm. Your pet needs you to think clearly and act smartly. You should also be very careful handling an injured pet, because they may be scared or upset. Even the sweetest animals can react unpredictably when hurt.
Call your veterinarian immediately for assistance. Don’t try to treat your pet or induce vomiting without medical advice. If your regular veterinarian’s office is closed, contact an animal emergency clinic.

Accidents from these everyday dangers can happen quickly, so we should at least consider pet insurance. That way, you can have help affording emergency care if something happens. ASPCA Pet Insurance provides a helpful “pet care tips” resource for interested pet owners.

Disclosure Note: This is a compensated post.


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

GRRRRRRREAT POST... Can't remind us about this often enough.
Until one of our Blogville furends NEARLY died last year... I had NO IDEA that ALEVE (even just ONE) is HIGHLY TOXIC to us dogs.

Duke said...

We can't tell you how fast our mom moves when a pill is accidentally dropped! She never wants us to snag it before she does!
Great post, Bocci!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Two French Bulldogs said...

This is very impawtant stuff
Benny & Lily

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