Thursday, March 27, 2014
Potential dangers hiding in purses and backpacks
A good idea is to have a designated bag-area out of reach. It can be hooks on the wall, a cupboard, or a shelf. It is also a good idea to make a routine out of always closing zippers and similar
Prescription medications should never be taken by anyone except for the person with the prescription. But, even common painkillers can cause problems for pets. Advil, Motrin, and Tylenol are examples of common drugs very dangerous to pets. The acetaminophen in one Tylenol is enough to kill a cat, and can cause liver problems in a dog. Human antidepressants are also very dangerous for pets.
These look innocent enough, but some dogs think they're toys, and if a dog bites through the shell, the substance inside is enough to cause an acute, life-threatening poisoning.
Artificially sweetened gum and mints.
Most chewing gums and mints contain xylitol. It is also common in chewable vitamins, sugar free candy, and nicotine gum. Xylitol is fine for humans, but very toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can lead to a dangerous blood sugar crash in dogs, and a larger amount can lead to liver failure.
All forms of nicotine. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, nicotine gum, lozenges, anything with nicotine can potentially kill a pet.
These products contain lots of alcohol and can potentially cause coma and death in pets.
If you think your pet got into something poisonous, call your veterinarian at once. If they really ate something poisonous minutes can matter, and the sooner you get the correct diagnose, the easier, safer, and less expensive it will be to treat your pet.
If you want to know more about pet poisons, visit the Pet Poison Helpline!
~ Maria Sadowski ~