How to Prevent Pet Poisoning

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We put together a list of the most popular poisons you can find in your house and our top tips to prevent poisoning, spot the symptoms and what to do in case of an emergency. 
 
The kitchen is the best spot in the house because it’s where the yummy snacks are and your pets probably agree! But, the kitchen is also a hot spot for hazardous foods for your pets.
 
Poisonous Pet Foods
Be extra vigilant with the broom when these items fall on the floor, and make sure to store them securely in a high cupboard.
 
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
  • Sugar-free treats or peanut butter containing xylitol
  • Coffee
  • Cherry and apricot pits
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Apple seeds
  • Alcoholic beverages
 
Other Poisons In Your House
It’s not just food you need to keep an eye on. Keep these items out of reach too.
 
  • Essential oils, both diffused and directly applied
  • Candles not made from soy or beeswax
  • Human drugs or vitamins
  • Rat poison
  • Fertilizer
  • Cleaning products
 
How to Prevent Pet Poisoning: 
  • Teach your pet to stay out of the kitchen.
  • Give them a job to do, like the “Place” command, when you’re preparing meals.
  • Supervise your pet at all times, especially if you’ve got a counter surfer. If you need to step out of the kitchen, put your dog somewhere safe like a crate.
  • Make sure to clean up all remnants from the floor.
  • Purchase safe alternatives when possible, like peanut butter without xylitol.
  • If your dog has a habit of picking things up off the ground outside, you can keep him or her safe with a basket muzzle that allows proper panting but makes it more difficult to grab potentially dangerous items.
  • Teach your dog the “out” or “leave it” command, which essentially means “drop whatever is in your mouth and disengage.” This could be a lifesaver when it comes to toxic foods or choking hazards.
 
Signs of Pet Poisoning
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian, call a pet poison helpline, or head to the closest emergency clinic.
 
  • Agitation, tremors and/or convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low energy
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Pale gums
 
Are you covered? 
If your pet does happen to swallow something hazardous, your trip to the vet or emergency room may be covered under your Pets Plus Us® pet health insurance policy.
 
You’ll also have access to our Blue Ribbon benefits, including the Pet Poison Helpline®,  a 24/7 animal poison control service, as a Pets Plus Us member.
 
Share this with your friend to make sure they know how to prevent pet poisoning!