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Protect Your Pet From Household Poisons


  • Protect Your Pet From Household Poisons

    Here are some helpful tips from Animal Forum for keeping your pets safe from household products, household substances and plants that are dangerous to your dog, cat or other pet. It is important to keep these materials away from your pets.

    Common Household Hazards

    Fabric softener sheets
    Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

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    Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

    Alcoholic beverages
    Chocolate (all forms)
    Coffee (all forms)

    Fatty foods
    Macadamia nuts
    Moldy or spoiled foods
    Onions, onion powder
    Raisins and grapes
    Yeast dough
    Products sweetened with xylitol

    Warm Weather Hazards

    Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
    Blue-green algae in ponds
    Citronella candles
    Cocoa mulch
    Compost piles Fertilizers
    Flea products
    Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
    Swimming-pool treatment supplies
    Fly baits containing methomyl
    Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde


    Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:

    Pain killers
    Cold medicines
    Anti-cancer drugs
    Diet Pills

    Cold Weather Hazards

    Liquid potpourri
    Ice melting products
    Rat and mouse bait

    Holiday Hazards

    Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
    Electrical cords
    Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
    Glass ornaments

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    Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats

    The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

    Water-based paints
    Toilet bowl water
    Silica gel
    Cat litter
    Glue traps
    Glow jewelry

    Ten Most Common Poisonous Plants
    Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and incoordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.

    Sago Palm
    All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin. The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.

    Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestions of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.

    Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
    The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

    Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals. Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.

    All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.

    Castor Bean
    The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite. Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.

    Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant. If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting. Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.

    This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.

    Taxus spp. contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, incoordination, and difficulty breathing. It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.
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