Friday, March 17th, 2017
March is Pet Poison Prevention month!
Across the country, pet professionals, lovers and parents are doing their part to raise awareness and help save lives through education. Poisonings can be easily prevented with the correct steps taken. The first step is knowing which items in your house are harmful to your cats and dogs. We have the most common poisons pets were treated for at vet offices across the country in 2016. You won’t believe how many are accessible to your furry friend right this second!
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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Number 5 – Compost
The compost pile in your yard or Mrs. Jones’ yard down the street, although is wonderful for many things, your pet’s health may not be one of them. Compost usually contains mycotoxin, a toxic secondary metabolite fungus that can cause concerning reactions in pets. What should you look out for? Strange symptoms such as agitation, panting and/or drooling that’s above the norm, hyperthermia and even seizures. In very young puppies or kittens, molds and fungi reactions may even consist of the inability to stand or walk. Compost piles are a fantastic place for your carved pumpkins, not your pets.
Number 4 – Low Visibility
With the beautiful fall season also comes the (not-so-beautiful?) loss of one extra hour of daylight each day. Our days are shorter and our nights are longer which means that our pets find themselves spending more time outdoors in the dark.
First, ensure that your dogs and cats have up to date custom pet tags with their name and your contact information on them. You wouldn’t believe how often we see pets with outdated information on their tag or pets without any tags at all. This small, almost seemingly insignificant thing may just be your pet’s only chance at a safe return should he find himself too far from home. We proudly recommend pet tags from The Sterling Pet due to their selection, quality, craftsmanship, price and warranties.
Second, consider purchasing a PupLight. These amazing lighted dog collars make dogs visible up to a mile away, scare away wild animals, make hazards such as uneven sidewalks, broken glass, dead animals and patches of ice visible several yards ahead, and even help senior dogs see a whole lot better! We can’t speak highly enough about these lights for dogs. It’s so important to ensure that your dog continues getting his regular, routine bouts of exercise and the PupLight helps make this easy to do!
Number 3 – Allergies
Fall can mean allergies for a lot of pets (and their people!). Mold, fungus, mildew, ragweed and certain tree pollens are at an all time high during this season and we’re constantly amazed at just how common it is to see pets allergic to these irritants. It’s also common to see pet owners mistaking environmental allergies for fleas despite not being able to find any live fleas on their pet. So, what should you be looking for exactly?
When dogs are suffering from environmental allergies, you will frequently see them rubbing their face on the carpet, chewing and licking their paws and legs, scratching near their armpits and on their sides, chewing near their hips and tail, and you may even notice that some areas of their face are red, puffy or swollen or their eyes being extra watery.
To help curb their allergic reactions, you’ll want to be mindful to gently wipe off their fur – especially sensitive areas such as their face, paws and in between their toes, as well as areas with more exposed skin such as their groin – with wet wipes or baby wipes each and every time they come in from being outside. Warm baths with oatmeal bath treatments can help sooth irritated and itchy skin. You will more than likely need to talk to your vet about proper allergy treatments, however, such as steroid medications.
Number 2 – Food and Candy, Oh My!
Who doesn’t love the festivities of fall? Halloween means tons of candy for the young and old alike and Thanksgiving means juicy turkey and warm pumpkin pie. But, for your pets, these goodies have some real hidden dangers.
Most pet owners know that candy and chocolate are a big ‘no-no’, but things such as raisins and sugar-free sweeteners are often overlooked as being harmless when that’s simply not the case as both are toxic to dogs. Keep the kids’ stash of candy far away from the reach of any pet in your home and be sure that your kids understand that even leaving a candy wrapper or a lollipop stick in a pet’s reach can cause intestinal blockage and even death.
When it comes to our Thanksgiving feast, we have to be careful not to overfeed our pets (quite like we do to ourselves!) although it’s certainly okay to share in moderation. Take care to avoid foods high in fat as they can cause pancreatic upset and digestion issues, never give any poultry bones to your dog as they splinter easily and make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise during and after the holidays to keep him from growing his own set of doggy love handles!
Number 1 – Poisoning
As people prepare their boats, cars and other vehicles for winter driving or winter storage, antifreeze becomes easier for pets to come across when out and about. The same goes for rodenticides as people begin to winterize their garages, basements, sheds and homes. Mothballs are frequently overlooked as being highly toxic to pets, as are a very wide variety of mushrooms found in yards and woods all throughout the US. (Mushrooms can be quite difficult to identify so we recommend that you treat any mushroom ingestion as potentially dangerous and contact your vet immediately). Plants such as mums, holly, amaryllis, mistletoe, poinsettia, Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus, American and European bittersweet, chrysanthemum, Christmas rose, Jerusalem cherry, autumn crocus, and burning bush are poisonous to pets.