Pet Safety: What isn’t harmful to you can be deadly to them

fb_16_march_poison_prevention_awareness2As we wrap up the month of March and get ever so closer to the Easter season, the staff at Creation’s Care want to remind you to keep your pets safe from common household items, plants, and sweet treats that are poisonous and even deadly to your family pet.  Most people know that sweet treats like chocolate are harmful, but what about that grape or tiny bit of onion that makes its way to the floor in the midst of cooking Sunday dinner.  Yep, those too can cause serious health concerns to your pet.  Here are some common foods, plants, and household items to keep out of your pup or kitty’s reach

Foods

  • Chocolate: “Because chocolate can cause illness and even death in dogs, it should be avoided completely. Chocolate contains theobromine, a potent cardiovascular and central nervous system stimulant that is eliminated very slowly in dogs.” (www.hillspet.com)
  • Onions and anything in the onion family can cause anemia
  • Dairy products (including cheeses) can cause diarrhea
  • Grapes and raisins: associated with kidney failure
  • Acadamamia nuts can cause incoordination, weakness, and vomiting

Toxic Plants

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  • primrose
  • yew
  • ivy
  • rhubarb
  • wisteria
  • lupin
  • sweet peas
  • poppy
  • chrysanthemum
  • laburuheum
  • Sago palm

List pulled from http://www.hillspet.com

Household Items

  • String
  • Small objects
  • cotton balls/toy stuffing
  • Erasers
  • Anything that your pup or kitty can get their mouth on, chew and potentially swallow

Safeguarding your pet can be as easy as getting on their level and picturing your home from their prospective.  If you can see and get to something crawling around on your hands and knees, they can get into it- its that simple.  Just a few minutes of surveying your home and ensuring small items are picked up can prevent a unwanted visit to the emergency vet, and ensure that your pup and kitty have a safe place to live, play, and be part of the family!

 

 

 

About Creation's Care Pet Sitting

Having an undying love for animals of all shapes and sizes, it is no wonder that Virginia jumped at the opportunity to share her passion for animals with other animal lovers through Creation's Care Pet Sitting. Affectionately known as "Aunt V" by all her four legged furry friends, Virginia spent five years in the equine industry, serving as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor for individuals with disabilities before beginning her pet sitting career. Virginia is an active volunteer with the Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (C.A.R.E.) in Tallahassee and supporter of the ASPCA.
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