It's Pet Poison Prevention Week
This week it’s Animal Poison Prevention Week. Let’s focus on how to create a safe environment where curiosity can’t kill the cat and your dog doesn’t have the opportunity to eat something he shouldn’t! Did you know that plant based poisonings are way too common a reason for emergency visits to the vet? How many of us have panicked when our dog has eaten something they shouldn't have and we've quickly googled "can my dog eat xyz?" I know I have especially if we've been out. One of our dogs is a counter surfer and we've come a cropper a couple of times, once when she followed me upstairs (where she isn't usually allowed), went into my son's bedroom (who's door is normally shut) and gobbled up a whole pack of ibuprofen....I'm guessing she could smell the sugar coating through the packaging..... resulting in an emergency trip to the vets. Another time she stole a whole bag of grapes out of the fresh veg box we had just had delivered, it was on the counter, I'd popped to the loo and hey presto she saw her chance and took it; a whole bunch of grapes later (vine and all..) we were headed to the vets leaving with a whopping £500 bill as it was out of hours!!
We learnt the hard way and now have to be very careful to double check there's nothing that could encourage our counter surfer to ride what might be a dangerous wave! Most of the time, what they choose to gobble up is harmless but there are occasions when they eat something they really shouldn't.
It's the first day of spring this week which means lots of walks, playing fetch, and pet parents exploring the great outdoors with our four-legged friends. The sunny weather, flowers peeking their heads out, and singing birds are so tempting, even cats start demanding outside time. Yet, warmer weather is also a reminder of some seasonal troubles for our canine companions, such as pests, allergies and poisonous plants.
A lot of planning goes into designing a beautiful garden, but gardening plus pets is not always a winning combination.
Take some time to educate your self about common poisonous plants affecting dogs and cats, BEFORE you begin ordering that toxic mulch. We're all busy pet parents but don't forget about putting your gardening tools away also – we all know dogs like to sniff and chew things they shouldn’t!
We mustn't forget it's not just plants that can poison our precious pooches. With the start of Spring many of us turn our thinking to the good old Spring Clean too. Many household substances are harmful for our pets including some sprays so be mindful of using them in their vicinity and be sure to aerate the room with open windows.
And of course we sometimes forget that some human foods can poison our dogs too! Easter is next month and an abundance of chocolate is usually present from Easter egg hunts. If you have a hunt for children in your garden be sure to remember where you placed all the goodies so none go un-found. Our dogs have a tremendous sense of smell and will be sure to find them at a later date!
Here's a list from the Dogs Trust of things that can threaten the life of the animals we love. And of course we should all know what to do in the event we think our dogs may have been poisoned. Here's a really helpful article from Labrador Training HQ on how to recognise symptoms of suspected poisoning and what to do.
None of us want to intentionally hurt of beloved animals but accidents do happen when we are caught unawares. Take the time to familiarise yourself with what you have in your house and garden that could be harmful and make sure it is out of harms way so we can carry on living a carefree life with the tremendous animals we share our homes and lives with!