Protect Your Pets: Poison Prevention Month

As pet parents, we have to take on the role of “protector” to our pets just as we do if we have young children in the house. During Poison Prevention Awareness Month (March), we have rounded up some ways in which dog parents can keep them safe from any kind of unintentional poisoning and other harm.

Remember, poison prevention awareness is a 24/7/365 task for everyone who shares his or her life with a pet!

Protect Your Pets: Poison Prevention Month

Here are items to keep away from your dogs (and cats)

Foods. There are many foods, which we love, but that are dangerous for our pets, they include:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Onions
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Xylitol, the sweetner used in chewing gum and found in some brands of peanut butter and candy
  5. Raisins and grapes
  6. Salt
  7. Yeast dough

This is a short list of items to avoid feeding your pet or letting them have access to.

Medications.  Keep medications out of reach of your dogs. If you have cats in the house and leave medications on the counter, they could knock them off and your dog could get them. Keep medications in a drawer or medicine chest.

Household items. Dish soaps, laundry and dishwasher pods, steel wool and cleaning items are harmful to your pets. Keep cleaning supplies in a cabinet that your dog can’t get into. If you have pets you may want to look for pet-friendly cleaning supplies. Other items that are harmful to your pets include: 

  1. Mothballs
  2. Cigarettes
  3. Alcohol
  4. Fabric softener sheets
  5. Batteries

Outdoor and yard hazards. Antifreeze tastes good to dogs and is fatal if ingested. Yard and lawn chemicals can be dangerous if it gets on your dog’s paws; it can enter their bloodstream and if they lick their paws they are ingesting chemicals. Use pet-friendly lawn care materials. 

Take some time to give your home a once-over and assure there are no items that could potentially harm your dog. If you are concerned your pet got into a hazardous item, call your veterinarian and check out the Pet Poison Helpline.

About FIDO: There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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