Every year, more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning is reported in the US. Substances that can be easily found in households cause majority of those cases. Most importantly, there are many harmless substances to humans which can be poisonous to dogs.
Make sure that you always securely store the following items away from your dog’s reach.
1. Human Prescription Medication
Some lifesaving human drugs can be fatal to dogs. Even if your dog ingests a small quantity. Some common harmful medications are anti-inflammatory and pain drugs, blood pressure medication and antidepressants.
2. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication
OTC drugs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen commonly known as Advil, Alleve or Acetaminophen commonly known as Tylenol and certain joint supplements and fish oil can be harmful for your dogs.
3. Pet Medication
Yes, it’s possible for your dog to be poisoned through veterinary drugs. Many dog poison cases are caused by painkillers and de-wormers.
Thousands of dogs are unintentionally poisoned by tick and flea products. This can happen if your dog ingests such substances or if you use excessive amounts. Therefore, seek veterinary advice before you use such products.
5. Common Household Products
Popular household products such as bleach, antifreeze, paint thinner, swimming pool chemicals and cleaning products are some major causes of pet poisoning.
Gardens and yards can be dangerous places for your dog unless you make sure that all the plants are safe for him/her. Plants such as Sago Palms, Azaleas, Tulips, Daffodils are poisonous to dogs.
7. Garden Products
Substances that are used for lawns and gardens can be harmful for dogs. As a result, make sure that you store them away from your dog.
Ingesting Rodenticides can be fatal to pets. It might take a few days for your dog to show symptoms. Above all, your dog doesn’t need to directly ingest Rodenticides. Eating a poisoned rodent can expose your dog to the poison.
9. Human Food
Dog poisons can be found on your plate! Certain human foods can be harmful for dogs. Therefore, be cautious if you are a dog parent who likes to share your food with your dog. Avoid feeding your dog foods such as chocolate, alcohol, Macadamia nuts, Avocado, Grapes, Raisins and anything that might contain Xylitol.
If you suspect that a toxin has entered your body, you need to watch out for these symptoms.