THE BAD AND THE ULGY

TIPS FOR YOUR PETS - useful information to help you keep your cats and dogs healthy and safe year round


WARM WEATHER HAZARDS

  • Animal toxins-toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Compost piles or fertilizers
  • Some outdoor plants and/or plant bulbs
  • Swimming-pool treatment supplies
  • Fly baits containing methomyl
  • Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

COLD WEATHER HAZARDS

  • Antifreeze
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Ice melting products
  • Rat and mouse bait

COMMON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDS

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

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!)
  • Batteries Glass ornaments

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
  • Poinsettia
  • Cat litter
  • Glue traps

PLANTS THAT ARE TOXIC TO CATS

  • Alfalfa, almond pits, amaryllis, apple seeds, apricot pits, arrowhead vine, asparagus fern, azalea
  • Balsam pear, beech, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black locust, Boston ivy, boxcaladium, Buttercup
  • Castor bean, cherry pits, chrysanthemum, colodium, creeping fig, creeping Charlie, crown of thorns
  • Daffodil, daphne, delphinium, dieffenbachia
  • Periwinkle, philodendron, poinsettia, poison hemlock, pot mum, potato (green parts & eyes), precatory bean (rosary pea), privet
  • Red princess, rhubarb, ripple ivy
  • Saddle leaf, skunk cabbage, spider mum, spinach, split leaf, spraneri fern
  • Tobacco
  • Umbrella plant
  • Weeping fig, wisteria,
  • Yew (American, English, Western)

FOODS TO KEEP AWAY FROM YOUR PETS

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic
  • Products sweetened with xylitol

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

  • Pain killers
  • Cold medicines
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills

If You Think Your Animal Is Poisoned: In spite of your best efforts, your animal may accidentally become poisoned. Being prepared can save your pet's life. Know your vet's procedures for emergency situations, especially ones that occur after business hours. Keep phone numbers for your veterinarian, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, and a local emergency veterinary service in a convenient location. Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435.

KEEP A PET POISON SAFETY KIT ON HAND FOR EMERGENCIES. Your kit should contain the following:

  • A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP)
  • Can of your pet's favorite wet food
  • Turkey baste, bulb syringe or large medical syringe
  • Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants
  • Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
  • Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid for the animal after skin contamination.
  • Rubber gloves
  • Forceps to remove stingers
  • Muzzle (remember, an excited animal may harm you.)
  • Pet carrier