It’s one of the worst nightmares imaginable for pet owners. The thought of your cat or dog getting sick or worse from ingesting a poisonous substance can make any animal lover shudder. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to keep your pets safe.
When it comes to poisonous substances, the old saying is very true. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. One of the most straightforward and important things you can do to keep your pets safe is to lock up any household cleaners or other poisonous substances in your home.
Remember that pets can be curious and clever. Locking up cleaners should include actual locking. Keeping them in a cupboard with an easy to open door might not be enough. Store them behind a latching door or get some baby safety latches for the places you really want to keep your pets out.
One of the most common ways for pets to ingest poison is by eating human foods that are dangerous for them. Make sure you keep food items like chocolate and nuts off unattended tables and put them away when you’re not enjoying them yourself.
Many plants can be poisonous to eat. This includes things like the mistletoe from your holiday party, wisteria, and other common plants. Talk with your vet to find out what plants you should avoid having around your pets.
Even if your pets usually stay in the house or yard, make sure dangerous chemicals in the garage are secured as well. This includes things like antifreeze, pesticides, and herbicides. These are dangerous for anyone, especially your pets. Keep them locked up where your pets can get them if they were to sneak into the garage.
Taking these measures and talking with your veterinarian will help you keep your pets safe from poisons. Make sure you have a poison emergency plan with the necessary emergency contact information up to date. Take some time to walk around and check your home and yard for anything poisonous that your pet might be able to access. Lock up anything dangerous you find.