March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Originally the third week of March was dedicated to Poison Prevention Awareness, it has since grown to encompass the entire month. To help keep your pet safe and healthy it is extremely important to understand the harmful poisons that can be present in both your home and yard. Some of the items you may recognize easily, while others you might not have been aware of. 

Common items

Many items you can commonly find in a household such as food, plants and products. Here is a list of common items to help you better know what to be on the lookout for; 
  • Chocolate 
  • Poisons (rodenticides) 
  • Household plants 
    1. Lilies 
    2. Aloe 
    3. Philodendron 
    4. Elephant ear 
    5. Ivy 
    6. Pothos 
    7. Jade 
    8. Dieffenbachia 
    9. Sago Palm 
    10. Zamioculcas 
    11. Corn plant 
  • Medications / Vitamins 
  • Xylitol 
  • Caffeine 
  • Household Cleaners 
  • Antifreeze 
  • Insecticides 
  • Herbicides

What to do?

If you suspect your pet has consumed any of these or another questionable substance, IMMEDIATELY call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian for assistance. The effects of ingestion can be instant or may take a few days. Accurate and timely identification of the questionable substance is also very important. Any information such as a label or ingredients can help save precious time and the life of your pet!

We love our furry friends, and they are an important part of our family. Knowing which items can pose a risk to your pet can help prevent unintentional poisoning! Do your part to keep them safe, stay educated, and if anything does happen don’t hesitate to call!

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