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Hazardous to Your Pet’s Health!

Posted Mar 14 2010 7:40am
By pet-admin , March 14, 2010 9:40 pm

Your pets rely on you to protect them from harm. In general, you should only feed your
pets food and treats specially formulated for the type of pet that you have. Some human
food and drink can make animals sick, so keep them out of your pets’ reach. Here are
some examples • Alcoholic beverages
• Substances containing caffeine, such as coffee
• Chocolate
• Fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from
• Chicken and turkey bones
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions
• Macadamia nuts
• Salt and sugar
• Yeast dough
• All medications (aspirin is especially harmful to cats)

Many other things in or around your home can cause serious illness or even death in
your pet. Here are some examples • Antifreeze
• Bait for rodents
• Batteries (they can contain corrosive fluid)
• Car care products, such as cleaners or oils
• Fertilizer
• Household cleaners
• Ice-melting products
• Nicotine products
• Pesticides for insects
• Plants that are toxic to pets
• Pool or pond products
• Poisonous snakes
Other potential dangers in your home include burning candles that may be knocked over,
electrical cords that can be chewed, and loose cords or wires that animals may become
tangled in. Take a look around your house and make it pet-safe.
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For more information on what to do for a poisoned animal, what plants are poisonous,
and how to poison-proof your home, visit the ASPCA website ( and click
on “Animal Poison Control Center.” If you suspect your pet has been poisoned and you
need immediate assistance, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at
(888) 426-4435. The nonprofit hotline is staffed 24/7 by a team of veterinarians, including
veterinary toxicologists; the consultation fee is $50.
Away from Home
Here are some things to avoid when traveling with your pet • Don’t let your pet ride in the back of an open truck. He can be injured if you need to
brake suddenly or take a sharp turn. Tying the animal to the truck doesn’t solve the prob-
lem; he can still be seriously hurt or killed. If you must use the back of a truck to trans-
port a pet, put the animal in a secure crate that is anchored so it doesn’t move around in
the bed of the truck.
• Never leave your pet in a vehicle in hot weather, even for a few minutes. Even with the
windows wide open, the car can quickly become hot enough to cause heatstroke, brain
damage, and even death.
Finally, don’t let your pet roam. He or she can suffer injury or death from running at large.
Your pet doesn’t understand the danger of speeding cars, poisoned bait or trespassing
on someone else’s property


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