Our homes are supposed to be safe havens. The truth is, though, that our houses are actually full of potential dangers for curious pets.
Since March is Pet Poison Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time for retailers to help educate their customers about pet poison prevention and safety. Here are a few tips to share with your shoppers this season.
1. Know which foods are toxic.
We’ve all snuck a treat from the kitchen table to Fluffy or Fido, but many human foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate is the most infamous for canines, but other lesser-known toxins for pups include raisins, macadamia nuts, garlic, onions, table salt and yeast-based dough. And sugar-free foods, such as gum and candies, often contain xylitol—another dangerous substance for dogs.
2. Keep chemicals out of reach.
From insecticides and rodenticides to household cleaners and medications, dangerous chemicals lurk in every corner of our homes. Owners can ensure cat and dogs are properly protected by always keeping potential toxins tucked away using cabinet latches and locks.
3. Avoid harmful plants.
Even seeming innocuous, beautiful houseplants can be sources of poisons, especially for felines. While a wide variety of vegetation can be toxic to pets, some of the most prevalent include lilies, daffodils, tulips, azalea and sago palm.
4. Recognize the signs of poisoning.
Symptoms of poisoning in pets vary, but some of the most common include:
• Coughing/vomiting blood
• Lack of appetite
• Stool/urine abnormalities
• Changes in behavior
5. Save your veterinarian’s number.
If you think your pet has been poisoned, immediately contact your veterinarian or local pet hospital. You can also call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24-hours a day at (888) 426-4435.