Common Household Toxins Requiring Pet Emergency Care

Common Household Toxins Requiring Pet Emergency Care

Our pets’ curiosity can sometimes get them into toxic trouble that requires pet emergency care. So our Lakewood veterinarian recommends that pet owners sweep through their homes, garages and yards to make these poisons inaccessible. The following is a list of some of the most common substances that bring patients in for urgent dog and cat vet care.

Dog and Cat Vet Care Tip: Keep Household Toxins Away!
Medication—Symptoms depend on the drug ingested—follow any poisoning instructions on the bottle. If you notice your pet is unresponsive, vomiting, bleeding, having seizures, trouble breathing, etc., call us immediately for urgent dog and cat vet care.

Food—Avoid feeding your pet table scraps, and especially never give them chicken bones, onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, bread dough, alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, avocados or anything that contains Xylitol. Symptoms of ingestion can range from gastrointestinal distress to cardiac or liver damage. (Also, remember to keep the lid tightened on your kitchen garbage can.)
Anti-Freeze—This is incredibly sweet and tempting for pets, this can kill with just a lick or two. Check your garage and driveway often for leaks and clean them up immediately. Come in for pet emergency care right away if you suspect your pet has ingested any.

Poisonous Plants—Know the names and poisonous properties of any plant in your home or yard. The Humane Society lists over 700 plants that should be kept away from pets including (but not limited to): most bulb plants (lilies, daffodils, etc.), oleander, azaleas, castor beans, tomato plants, rhubarb, foxgloves, philodendron and mushrooms. If your pet ingests any of these, know the name of the plant when you come in for dog and cat vet care.
Insecticides and Rat Poisons—The organophosphates contained in these things can kill. Also, make sure never to use a cat flea and tick medication on a dog, or vice versa.

Paints, household cleaners, personal care products, and garden care products can also sicken or kill pets. What questions do you have for our Lakewood veterinarian about household toxins that require pet emergency care?

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