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How to Protect your Pet from Poisons around the Home

Sep 01, 2014

There are some household items that can cause your much loved pet serious harm. To keep your pet as safe as possible, ensure they stay away from these products as much as possible. Below are a few examples of items that are commonly found to cause poisoning in dogs and cats, although it is not an exhaustive list.

If you think that your pet has been exposed to poisonous substances, take the following steps:

1. Stay calm and remove your pet from the source of poison
2. Contact your vet immediately and explain the situation 
3. Follow your vet's advice

It is very important not to 'watch and wait' when it comes to poisoning. If you suspect it, take immediate action. Do not attempt to make your pet vomit, only a vet should do that. 

Common dog poisons

- Slug/snail pellets containing metaldehyde
- Chocolate
- Medication, including ibuprofen
- Rodent poisons containing anticoagulents
- Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants
- Vitamin D (found in some skincare products)
- Some houseplants
- Avocado
- Salt: learn more about rock salt poisoning here 

For further information on the symptoms associated with poisoning in dogs, have a look at this webpage

Common cat poisons

- Paracetamol
- Lilies (note: even very small amounts can be toxic - ensure all lilies are kept away from cats)
- Antifreeze
- Spot-on flea treatment for dogs (if contains Permethrin)
- Slug/snail pellets containing metaldehyde
- Decorating materials containing petroleum
- Onions and garlic
- Salt: learn more about rock salt poisoning here 

For further information on the systems associated with poisoning in cats, have a look at this webpage.

Teflon poisoning in birds

A notable mention is that of teflon poisoning in birds, which occurs when they are exposed to the toxic fumes from overheated cookware that is coated in PTFE. This isn't something that everybody is aware of but sadly it can prove fatal for pet birds. Please have a read of this webpage for more information. Always ensure pet birds are never kept in kitchens.

There's a wealth of information about these issues on the internet and for further advice speak to your veterinary surgery.



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