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What Kinds of Things are Toxic or Poisonous for my Pet?

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What Kinds of Things are Toxic or Poisonous for my Pet?

Caring for your pet's health requires an understanding of the items around your home that may poison an animal. While the exact plants, chemicals and food items that may be harmful to your pet depend on the animal, certain items are common to most pets and raise concerns about your pet's well-being. At the Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre, we help you keep your pets healthy and provide emergency care when an animal is exposed to toxic items.

Dangerous Foods For Pets

Dangerous foods depend on the pet and the situation. As a general rule, you do not want to feed your pets any foods that you or your family eat. By ensuring that you provide proper pet foods, you limit the risks to your pet's well-being and health.

Some common foods that may harm a dog or cat include:

  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Cocoa in any form, including mulch in your yard
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Garlic cloves and onions
  • Human medications, particularly cough medicine, pain relievers and prescription medications

Keep medications away from your pets and ensure that you keep any dangerous food items out of your pet's reach. If you are unsure about certain foods, then do not allow your pet to eat the food. A veterinarian can help you determine if specific foods are safe after evaluating a pet's health.

Plants to Avoid

Human foods are not the only risk to your pet's health. Certain house and garden plants are also dangerous to your pets. In particular, you want to avoid putting lilies around your home since it is dangerous to many animals.

You also want to ensure that fertilizers and pesticides are kept away from your pets. Any live plant with fertilizer or pesticides may cause health concerns due to the toxic chemicals.

Household Items Pets Should Avoid

Household items range from chemicals used for cleaning to pest control measures you may use to eliminate specific pests. As a general rule, you want to keep any chemicals away from your pets because they may cause harm to an animal.

Some common household items that may be toxic or poisonous to your pet include:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rat poison
  • Poisons for cockroaches, ants or other pests in the house
  • Supplies for treating wood or other items in your home

Limit a pet's exposure to any lead, mercury or chemicals by keeping the items enclosed and away from pets. When you must use pest control solutions, keep your pets out of the space and store the household items in a safe location.

When to Visit an Emergency Vet Hospital in Winnipeg

Always visit an emergency Veterinary Hospital in Winnipeg when you notice signs of poisoning in your pet. If your pet is vomiting or shows signs of pain, then you may need to seek emergency care to address the poison. You can also seek treatment if you see your pet eat a toxic plant or chemical. You also want to visit our Hospital if you are unsure about the safety of certain food items or plants that you keep in the house. By discussing the risks with a veterinarian, you keep your pet's safe and healthy.

A variety of foods and items you keep in your home may cause harm to your pets. By recognizing toxic and poisonous items, you limit your pet's exposure and catch signs of poisoning at an early stage. For more details about toxic items, call 204-452-0911 today.

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