Identifying common source of pet poisoning is the first step in proofing your house and protecting your animals against pet poisoning. You might be surprised to learn that some if not most of these pet poisons are in your house within your pets’ reach. Some you’re even innocently giving to your pets as food or toy! So secure your home and look around for any of these items lying around:See also:
1. Foods Poisonous to Pets
Despite these foods being beneficial to humans, they cause harm to pets. These foods include
1. Chocolate – The theobromine in chocolate is toxic to all pets.
2. Onions and garlic – These spices contain sulfoxides and disulfides toxic to pets.
3. Rhubarb – The high oxalic content of rhubarbs is toxic to most pets including guinea pigs and rabbits.
4. Nuts – Common cookie nuts like peanuts, walnuts, and macadamia are toxic to cats and dogs.
5. Grapes and raisins – Grapes and grape derivatives may be a staple for other pets, but they can cause pet poisoning in cats and dogs.
6. Other less common food – Although mushrooms, avocado, raw eggs, fish, nutmeg, and coffee are less favorite among common pets, they are worth avoiding nonetheless.
2. Human Medicine Harmful to Animals
People pop pain killers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen without thinking twice about them. However, a small amount of these medicines can do so much damage to an innocent pet. In fact, human pain killers is the number one cause of pet poisoning in the world. Any innocent puppy, curious cat, ravenous rabbit, or naïve bird could pick up the medicine and snack on it. Don’t leave human iron supplement within your pets’ reach, too. Small pets can easily overdose on a single pill of iron supplement. Other human medicines that cause pet poisoning include antidepressants, menthylphenidate, fluorouracil, isoniazid, pseudoephedrine, anti-diabetics, and vitamin D derivatives.
3. Cleaning Agents
It’s very easy to determine which cleaning agent can cause pet poisoning because… all of them can. Even those labeled and certified organic, although not fatal, can still cause temporary stomach upset. So if you have pets at home, take all the cleaners out of your pets’ reach. Even the innocent-looking toothpaste tube should not be left for your pets to taste.
4. Common Household Chemicals
A garage with chemical containers for antifreeze, coolant, brake fluid, paint and paint thinners, battery solution, even old battery, etc. is like an Auschwitz death camp to pets waiting to happen. The ethylene glycol, benzene, sulfur, and the lead in these chemicals cause pet poisoning even when ingested in small amount. There fumes is toxic to small pets too. Another common source of chemical poisoning among pets is rat poisons lying around the house. The poison is purposely made appetizing for the pests to bite; unfortunately, it wets your pets’ appetite too.
5. Gardening Chemicals
Gardening chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are another source of pet poisoning, too. Although unlike a rat poison these chemicals are not made appetizing, they can contaminate your pets’ playground, water, and food obnoxiously. When you fertilize or spray pesticide on your lawn in the morning, for example, and let your pets out for a play in the afternoon, they can pick the poison on their fur, paws, and even inhale the fumes from the ground.
6. House and Garden Plants
Don’t be fooled by some house and garden plants’ beauty. Some of them are lurking pet poisons victimizing unsuspecting pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, birds, and even dogs and cats. For example, Easter lilies can cause kidney failure to cats when ingested even in small amount. And you know how cats can chew on anything they see when they get excited. Azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and sago palm plants can cause severe pet poisoning when eaten by any pets too.
These are the common source of pet poisoning in the house, and as you can see, most of them pose real danger to an unsuspecting pet. So take some time to do some pet proofing in your free time to save yourself from bloated veterinary bill and a lot of heartache from a pet poisoning incident.