Poison Prevention Tips for Pet Parents

April 1, 2022 | CAA Niagara

A small dog in front of food toxic to him

Pets are curious and we know that they tend to explore their worlds with their mouths!  Review these tips that help prevent pet poisoning and keep your pet safe.

The kitchen may be where the family gathers, but it’s also where you can find foods that are hazardous to cats and dogs. 

Toxic Foods to Watch Out For

Be extra vigilant with the broom when these items fall on the floor, and make sure to store them securely in a high cupboard.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
  • Sugar-free treats or peanut butter containing xylitol
  • Coffee
  • Cherry and apricot pits
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Apple seeds
  • Alcoholic beverages

What Else is Lurking Around the House?

It’s not just food you need to keep an eye on. Keep these items out of reach too. 

  • Essential oils, both diffused and directly applied
  • Candles not made from soy or beeswax
  • Human drugs or vitamins
  • Rat poison
  • Fertilizer
  • Cleaning products

Poison Prevention Tips

Here’s what else you can do.
 
  • Teach your pet to stay out of the kitchen.
  • Give them a job to do, like the “Place” command, when you’re preparing meals.
  • Supervise your pet at all times, especially if you’ve got a counter surfer. If you need to step out of the kitchen, put your dog somewhere safe like a crate.
  • Make sure to clean up all remnants from the floor.
  • Purchase safe alternatives when possible, like peanut butter without xylitol.
  • If your dog has a habit of picking things up off the ground outside, you can keep him or her safe with a basket muzzle that allows proper panting but makes it more difficult to grab potentially dangerous items.
  • Teach your dog the “out” or “leave it” command, which essentially means “drop whatever is in your mouth and disengage.” This could be a lifesaver when it comes to toxic foods or choking hazards. 

Poisoning Symptoms

Call your vet or head to the nearest emergency clinic as soon as possible if see any of these symptoms.
 
  • Agitation, tremors and/or convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low energy
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Pale gums

Consider Pet Insurance

CAA Niagara has partnered with Pets Plus Us to help you cope and mitigate the costs incurred if your pet gets sick or injured. A discount of 12% is available to CAA Members, while non-Members save 7%. Click here to get a quote.

Be sure to review our Pet Insurance options so you can spend less time worrying about vet costs, and more time having fun with your pet.  


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