These Are The Top Pet Toxins of 2017
The Top Pet Toxins
Is your home pet-proofed? The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has released their Top Toxins of 2017 list. Click through to see the items you should keep out of pets’ paws.
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Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and veterinary products were all on the APCC’s list of toxins. Never give an animal medication meant for human beings—even something like acetaminophen can be fatal to pets. Keep veterinary medications out of reach, too. Since many veterinary products are made with coatings or textures that make them more appetizing to pets, your cat or dog might consume a whole prescription if they can access it.
Chocolate was the fifth most prevalent toxin in 2017—yes, that’s just chocolate, separated out from other foods. In 2017, APCC received the equivalent of over 48 cases about chocolate per day. This one is probably common in your house if you have children, so keep an eye out. Be particularly careful during holidays like Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day, when you’ll no doubt have an influx of chocolate candies. And if your pet does ingest chocolate, go through the APCC's guide on how to treat chocolate intoxication.
Many foods can be toxic to animals, but especially those that are sugar-free. The artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly to your pooch or kitty. Store sugar-free snacks, baked goods and chewing gum where pets can’t chow down. See the whole list of food products your pet should avoid here.
You wouldn’t leave bleach, window cleaner, air freshener or abrasive soaps in reach of your kids, so don’t leave them in reach of your pets! Even packaged products like glue and laundry detergent pods can be opened by pets’ sharp teeth.
Plants and Garden Supplies
Your dog loves rolling in the dirt, but make sure he isn’t licking up fertilizer or other chemicals that you use in the garden. When you’re choosing houseplants, stay away from those that can be toxic to cats and dogs, like lilies and oleander. The ASPCA provides more information on toxic plants, and a nifty handbook to those that won't harm your furry friends.
This should go without saying: if it’s meant to kill pests, be they rodents or bugs, it can harm your pet, too. Follow instructions on insecticides and rodenticides carefully to make sure your pet isn’t exposed.