March is a beautiful month where we spring clean, prepare our gardens, and start anew. During this time of uncertainty and spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to keep in mind our pets’ safety around the home. The Poison Control Center reported in 2018 that there is one poison exposure every 15 seconds as children and loving house pets are victims to common items – “poisons” if you will. Among the top five toxins for our furry family members are plants, medication, and food.
Although we can’t control our dogs’ contact with all poisonous plants, we can be aware of some that are often found in and around American homes. Some of these include English ivy, chrysanthemums, peace lilies, Virginia creepers, azaleas, and rhubarb. Take the time to research what is growing in your region, especially if your dog spends time alone outside. There will be days when we feel rushed and leave our prescriptions on the counter. It’s important to keep medication stored in locked containers instead of clear bags that make pills look like treats.
Foods to avoid feeding your dog include avocado, bones, citrus, fatty and salty foods, macadamia nuts, gum, candy, grapes, raisins, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and yeast dough. Wondering what your dog ingesting grapes or raisins will cost you? It can range between $2,000 and $5,000 for the vet treatment alone.
Through March 21st, let’s take advantage of Poison Prevention week and start the conversation amongst ourselves and our neighbors about making our homes safer. Make the number for the Animal Poison Control Center easily available: (888) 426-4435.