March is pet poison prevention month

Good Things Utah

March is pet poison prevention month, and Temma Martin from Best Friends Animal Society joined us in studio to give us helpful tips to keep our furry friends safe.

She tells us watching your dog or cat get sick from toxic items or poison is a nightmare for any pet owner. Symptoms of poisoning can be especially traumatic, ranging from seizures and vomiting to nosebleeds and diarrhea.

“Nobody wants to see their pets suffer in such a painful way or, worst-case scenario, have a fatal incident. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home environment keeps dogs and cats as safe as possible,” said Dr. Erin Katribe, veterinarian and medical director for Best Friends Animal Society.

Pet Owners Should Keep Pets From:

Bait for rodents
Batteries (which can contain corrosive fluid)
Car care products, such as cleaners or oils
Gorilla Glue (or similar products)

Household cleaners
Ice-melting products
Medications – prescribed and over-the-counter
Nicotine products
Pesticides for insects
Pool or pond products

Alcoholic beverages
Substances containing caffeine, such as coffee
Fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from cooking
Chicken and turkey bones
Grapes and raisins
Onions and garlic
Macadamia nuts
Salt and sugar
Yeast or bread dough

“Pets can be very inquisitive, so it’s always best to keep these items in a sealed cabinet area that your pets cannot have access to, whether that’s in the home, in a shed, or in a garage,” Katribe said. “If you use any of these products, always make sure to clean up any spillage immediately and thoroughly so ingestion can’t happen that way, either.”

Should your pet show any signs of poisoning, which include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, blood in stool, paralysis, loss of appetite, bruising, nosebleeds, irregular heartbeat or inability to urinate, a veterinary consult is in immediate order.

Deena Manzanares
Deena Marie Manzanares is a Utah native, but lived in NYC for a few years while attending the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Locally, she has worked as a professional actor for years in both stage and film.

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