March 19th-March 25th is Pet Poison Prevention week! Here are some tips about preventing your pets from getting poisoned and what to do if they are.
- Be aware of the types of plants that your pets are coming into contact with in your home and and in your yard. Some examples of common plants that can be extremely toxic to pets if they are ingested are azaleas, oleander, castor bean, sago palm, Easter lily and yew plant. These are just a few of the plants that can be toxic to your pets for a more complete list please visit: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
- Restrict your pets access to areas where cleaning products are stored. Different household cleaners have a wide variety of properties that can cause many adverse reactions to your pets if ingested, or even if your pet comes into contact with them.
- Store all prescription and over-the-counter medications out of your pets reach. Medications that are completely safe for human ingestion can be harmful and even fatal to your pets.
- Never give your pet any medications not prescribed by your veterinarian!
- Properly store all automotive products where your pet does not have access to them. Gasoline, oil and antifreeze can all be extremely toxic to your pets.
What to do if your pet has been poisoned:
- Remove the pet from the area where they came into contact with the poison.
- Ensure that your pet is breathing normally. Observe and take note of any symptoms your pet starts exhibiting.
- Do NOT give any home remedies.
- Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting your veterinarian or Pet Poison hotline.
- Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Where to contact if your pet has been poisoned:
- Animal Care of Gloucester: 804-642-5740
- Animal Emergency Center: 757-234-0461 https://www.animalemergencyyorktown.com/
- Pet Poison Hotline: 855-764-7661 http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/