We just got a puppy and we want to make sure that we keep her safe from as much harm as possible. What household poisons should we watch out for with our new puppy?
Puppy Love in Woodland Heights
Dear Puppy Love,
In 1961, Congress declared the month of March to be Poison Prevention Awareness Month, so now is as good of a time as any to discuss pet household hazards to look out for. There are several things to think about when introducing a new dog to your home, things that you might not even consider a risk. In no particular order, here are a few things to look out for in your home:
Human medications and vitamins
As you can probably imagine, medications not meant for your pets can be deadly…even vitamins! So, make sure to keep any and all medications and vitamins well out of reach of your puppy.
Now that you have a puppy, be extra mindful about any bug sprays, granules, or foams that you might use to deter or kill bugs. Even though they don’t seem particularly delicious to us, insecticides, if ingested by an animal, can make them very ill very quickly. Consider natural insecticides and/or discussing safer alternatives with your pest control company.
There are several human foods that are dangerous if eaten by animals. Among them are chocolate, Xylitol (the artificial sweetener often found in sugar-free chewing gum), raisins and grapes as well as onion and garlic.
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ website (ASPCA.org) has a comprehensive list of all known household toxins. See their website for a list of toxic foods, plants, medications and other substances. The ASPCA also has as an app that allows pet owners to search toxicities by category for basic information. In the case of an emergency, the ASPCA also has a 24-hour poison control hotline that can be reached at (888) 426-4435.
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