This week (March 15-21) is National Pet Poison Prevention Week, and the Tulsa SPCA urges you to protect the dogs and cats in your family from poisoning.
“Accidental poison ingestion by pets is a very common cause of emergency room visits,” said Tulsa SPCA veterinarian Dr. David Bailey. “This can often be prevented by taking simple steps to prevent access to dangerous substances.”
Common toxins that poison dogs and cats:
Never medicate your pet with human products without first contacting your veterinarian. Some common human medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) are extremely poisonous to pets.
“Sadly, many pets are poisoned by well-meaning owners who were only trying to alleviate their pet’s pain,” Dr. Bailey said. “Most pain medications that are considered safe for humans are very dangerous for dogs and cats. These accidents can be prevented by simply contacting your veterinarian if you feel that your pet needs a pain reliever.”
Many household plants are potentially toxic to your pets. Be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. Even if a plant is listed as non-toxic, eating any part of it might make your pet sick.
Common plants that are poisonous to pets:
If you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or call a pet poison hotline.