March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month!
This is a perfect time to pay attention to items that may be harming our furry family members. There are many common household toxins that if digested, can result in an emergency visit to the vet. Not only does this cause great stress for the pet and the owner, it has the potential to become quite costly.
Cat lovers should pay attention to household plants (especially Lilies), a cat’s favorite chew toy, as many of them are harmful to their systems. Also, they have a wider range of access to harmful products because of their spectacular agility. Make sure you keep cleaning products, medications and detergents locked away, guaranteeing that your sneaky feline will not be able to get to them.
By reducing a pet’s ability to come in contact with these household items, you will help prevent a multitude of potential health problems.
But did you also know that some already dubbed “pet friendly” items could have the same harmful effect? Some dog and cat food, toys and chews; all thought to be “no-brainer” products to give to pets, can contain food coloring, detergents and a gambit of unhealthy chemicals.
Be wary of the following ingredients that are known to be harmful, even cancerous when ingested on a daily basis:
- Triclosan (antibacterial chemical)
- Xylitol (sugar alcohol)
- Ethoxycin (preservative)
- Cytlpyridinium (antiseptic)
- Sodium Chlorite (bleach derivative)
- Proplyene glycol (preservative)
- Sorbitol (sugar alcohol)*
When buying pet food or toys, take a minute to look at the label. If it takes you 10 minutes to read through the list of ingredients, it’s probably not the healthiest or safest choice.
Although reducing access to household toxins and doing minimal research before purchasing pet products can prevent the threat of poisoning our pets, we cannot guarantee that they will never digest something harmful. If you suspect your pet has eaten something hazardous, or notice your pet starting to act abnormally, call the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680) or visit the vet to have them checked out.
This month, take the time to become familiar with the toxins that may be in your household. Through these simple steps you are aiding in maintaining overall health, wellness and longevity for your beloved furry family members.
Stella aspires to live in a world with dog beds equipped chicken jerky dispensers and flat screens playing squirrel videos on loop. As a writer with more than one year of experience, she’s worked for Horses & Hounds Magazine, What’s That Smell? and Squirrel Addicts Enquirer. She insists it’s her preference to jump from employer to employer so frequently…it’s an attention-span thing. When she’s not writing or sleeping, you can find her pulling out squeakers and stuffing from her toys, running barefoot or ignoring the command “No” for the eleventy-bajillionth time. She’s also a self-proclaimed 5-star “foodie” on a $5 budget. She would prefer it if you didn’t pet her head. Thank you.