Common Pet Toxins
There are many things around your home that could pose a danger to your pets. Read on for advice on how to protect your pet.
If there is an accidental exposure to a suspected poison or toxin, we recommend you call our office immediately. We may refer you to the National Animal Poison Control Hotline. Their phone number is 888-426-4435. This is a great service with a wealth of poison antidotes and treatments. There is a fee for this service of $60 – which includes unlimited follow up phone calls.
Brenford Animal Hospital encourages you to keep the following items out of your pet’s reach:
Sugarless Gum – Many brands of sugarless gum contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol that poses a serious health risk to your pet. This substance, while harmless in people, may cause an unsafe drop in blood sugar followed by liver failure.
Grapes and raisins – Certain dogs seem to be highly sensitive to ingestion of these and may develop kidney failure. Veterinarians are still unsure of the reason for this toxicity or why some dogs will react and others will not. In the meantime, we advise not feeding either grapes or raisins to any pet and to seek veterinary advice for accidental ingestion.
Rat/Mouse Poison – These substances are very dangerous to all pets. We advise against using them in any household where pets reside. Even if the poison is kept out of your pet’s reach, the rodent that ingests it poses a danger to your pet. There is an antidote for this poison so call Brenford Animal Hospital right away for any known or suspected ingestion/ of rodent poison.
Lilies – All species of lilies are extremely toxic to cats. The ingestion of any part of the plant may cause irreversible kidney damage.
Tylenol – This is a very common poisoning in cats that can be easily prevented. Many cat owners give their cat a dose to treat a fever or other perceived illness. There is no safe of dose for Tylenol in cats. Even one dose of children’s Tylenol is fatal to cats without treatment. If you suspect your cat or dog has an illness, call Brenford Animal Hospital for advice before giving any medication at home.
NSAID’s – This is the common name for the group of drugs including aspirin, ibuprofen (aka Advil or Motrin), and naproxen (aka Aleve). Dogs and cats are very sensitive to these medications and should not be given them. Call our office for any accidental ingestion of this class of drugs.
Chocolate – This delicious treat is very tempting to dogs and to a lesser extent cats. The symptoms of chocolate toxicity vary form mild to severe depending on the quantity and type ingested. In general, more bitter chocolate is more toxic. The veterinarians at our office can often give advice about whether your pet needs to come in for treatment or can be cared for at home. Thanks for choosing Brenford Animal Hospital for your veterinary care. –RAJ 7.1.12
Summertime Pet Care
As it starts getting warmer, people and pets alike want to be spending more time outside with friends and families. It is important that we remember to care for the special needs of our four legged friends during these times.
When the weather is nice and we are enjoying the great out of doors, keep in mind that your dog is safest on a leash or in a fenced-in yard. Accidents with cars or encounters with other dogs can be avoided using these management tools. If your pet will be outside for extended periods of time, make sure he has access to cool shelter and fresh water. If possible, it is best to slowly acclimate your pet to warm weather over several days by short excursions into the heat. If it is necessary to go for extended walks on those hot days, walk early in the morning or early evening when the sun is less intense. Several shorter walks will be safest for your pet’s health. Even during those cooler times of day, your pet will need to cool down. Provide adequate water, air conditioning or a fan during that cool down period. Since our pets are so happy to play with us, it is our responsibility to set limits regarding play time. We know that the cool water is important, but care must be taken to not let your pet over drink since it can result in vomiting. Care should be taken in planning the feeding time as well surrounding exercise. It is best to restrict food intake within an hour either side of the exercise time.
If you are planning any parties and picnics, please remember to keep a watchful eye on your pets as they interact with your guests. Make sure that your pets are not eating any of the people food (whether from a hand or the table) to avoid digestive upsets for the dietary indiscretion. If your pet doesn’t do well in crowds, keep him confined or crated, away from all the party activities.
When traveling with your pets, make sure the places you are staying are pet friendly. Take time to get your pet used to traveling in the car. The safest place for a pet is in a carrier or in some sort of a restraint apparatus to prevent injury to both you and your pet. This will also avoid distracting the driver if your pet becomes over stimulated by activities or other vehicles outside of the car. If your pet gets car sick or has bad anxiety while in the car, please call the office to talk to a doctor about medications or other management techniques for traveling. Since traveling is stressful, be sure to take their food and water bowls and their regular food, treats and toys to avoid changes to their routine. This will make the trip as stress free as possible.
Thanks for choosing Brenford Animal Hospital for your pet’s care.