Toxic Substances

Keep your best fur friend safe from toxic substances

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Ahh March, with our thoughts turning to spring and all of its promise, a part of that thought process turns to spring cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking at “pet level.” According to the ASPCA¬† in 2008, over 140,000 cases of pets being exposed to toxic substances were logged. The most common call involved a pet getting into human medications. But what are the other things that can cause your pet its life and you your best fur friend.¬† Here are some of the items on the chart that I keep at the kennel and send home in my puppy and rescue care kits. Pet hazards list-around the house Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), acetaminophen, cold and flu medications, decongestants, antidepressants, vitamins, home insect products, rat and mouse bait, bleach, diet pills, disinfectants, fabric softener, lead (paint and paint chips), linoleum (in older homes), lighter fluid, mothballs, anti-cancer drugs, solvents (paint thinners etc.), flea and tick products, drain cleaners, liquid potpourri, slug and snail bait, oven cleaner sprays, lime/scale remover, fly bait, detergents, tobacco products, plants-house and yard (aloe, amaryllis, andromeda japonica, Asian lily, asparagus fern, Australian nut, autumn crocus, azalea, belladonna, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black locust, branching ivy, buckeye, Buddhist pine, caladium, calla lily, caster bean, ceriman, clematis, cordatum, corn plant, cycads, cyclamen, daffodil, day lily, devil’s ivy, dieffenbachia, dumbcane, Easter lily, elephant ears, emerald fern, English ivy, eucalyptus, ferns, fiddle-leaf philodendron, gold dust dracaena, Florida beauty, foxglove, glacier ivy, gladiolus, golden pothos, heavenly bamboo, honeysuckle, hurricane plant, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, Jerusalem cherry, jimson weed, kalanchoe, lantana, lilies, lily of the valley, lupine, marble queen, morning glory, mother-in-law, mountain laurel, narcissus, needlepoint ivy, nephthysis, nightshade, oleander, panda, peace lily, philodendron, poison hemlock, precatory bean, privit, red emerald, rhododendron, ribbon plant, sago plam, satin pathos, schefflera, striped dracaena, sweetheart ivy, tulip, water hemlock, wisteria, yew, and yuccaall cause poisoning. Harmful foods Avocados, chocolate, coffee, onion and onion powder, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcoholic drinks, moldy/spoiled foods, salt, fatty food, gum candies or other foods with Xylitol, tea leaves, raw yeast dough Objects of harm Balls that are small or have an outer coating, batteries, bread twist ties, buttons, coins, cotton swabs or balls, […]