XtraCat2_iStock_000040717462_LargeMost pet owners have had the frightening experience of a pet poisoning. While certain symptoms resolve on their own, many can cause irreversible damage – or worse. In an effort to raise pet poison awareness nationwide, the entire month of March is dedicated to the cause. And, due to it’s prevalence, National Pet Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, is focused on sharing the top ways to prevent a pet poisoning.

At Your Abode

We often hear from owners that even the most cursory sweep around the home has revealed chemicals or substances that could endanger a pet. No one means to leave dangerous items out, but life can be crazy, and it does happen. Many pet owners also take for granted that items left un-sniffed by a pet can turn into tantalizing treats, if the right recipe of boredom and curiosity are employed.

Please make sure the following are locked up securely behind closed cabinet doors or completely inaccessible by your pet:

  • All household cleaners (even if they are labeled non-toxic), detergents, or fabric softeners
  • All prescription and over the counter medications
  • Any cosmetics or toiletries
  • Tasty human food (chocolate, alcohol, macadamia nuts, coffee grounds, onions, garlic, or products made with Xylitol)
  • Food waste
  • Batteries
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Post-1982 pennies (high zinc content)

Outside Time

If your spring cleaning extends to your garage and yard, take a few simple steps to make sure your pet can’t get into trouble out there, either. We advise that these are never left out for a pet:

  • Lawn sprays or chemicals like herbicides or pesticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Soil conditioners (bone meal or blood meal)
  • Compost
  • Cocoa hull mulch
  • Toxic plants or bulbs
  • Antifreeze or other vehicle maintenance solutions
  • Pool treatment supplies

If you use any chemicals to upkeep your lawn, garden, or car, follow through with cleaning up any drips or leaks and always secure bottles or containers appropriately. Even if your pet is indoor only, prepare for the possibility of an escape and clean up the chemicals.

What To Do In A Pet Poisoning Emergency

When your awareness is high, preventive measures become a top priority; however, even the most prepared pet parents can face a pet emergency. Please call Springbrook’s Pet Experts immediately after you suspect (or can ascertain) that you are dealing with a pet poisoning. Do not wait to see if symptoms persist or dissipate; collect any remnants of what you think your pet got into, and get in the car.

Should your pet require intensive care or treatment, we do offer overnight observation following a pet poisoning. Hopefully, your pet won’t have an opportunity to get into toxic or hazardous chemicals or foods, but if he or she needs us, we are here to deliver competent, compassionate care.

This March, we hope you are able to eliminate pet poison dangers. Please call us with any questions or concerns. Our Emergency Services are available 24/7. After hours, phone our on-call veterinarian (630-337-3070) before bringing your pet in.