Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Top 10 Pet Poisons Part 1 of 5

1. Human Medications
For several years, human medications have been number one on the ASPCA"s list of common hazards. Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstand or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it is essential to keep meds tucked away in hard to reach cabinets.
2. Insecticides
In an effort to battle home invasions by unwelcome pests, people often unwittingly put their pets at risk. One of the most common incidents involves the misuse of flea and tick products, such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. Thus it is always important to talk to your pet's veterinarian before beginning any flea and tick control program.
3. Rodenticides
Baits used to kill mice and rats are mostly grain based. Not only does this attract rodents, but it attracts dogs and cats. There are several different types of rodenticides that can cause seizures. Internal bleeding or kidney failure. Always make sure these items are placed in areas that pets cannot access.
4. People Food
Xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions and garlic are commonly ingested by our pets. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, while onions and garlic can cause anemia if enough is ingested. Xylitol a sugar alcohol used to sweeten sugar free gums and mints, can cause low blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.
5. Veterinary Medications
Many medications made for our pets are flavored for ease of giving.
Unfortunately that means that animals may ingest the entire bottle of medication if they find it tasty. Common chewable medications include arthritis and incontinence medications.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet ingests more than his proper dose of medication.

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