March is a really important month for veterinary professionals and pet owners alike. Why? Because it’s Pet Poison Prevention Month!
It might seem over-the-top to designate an entire month to raise awareness about this issue, but accidental exposure to harmful chemicals, toxic plants, dangerous foods, and human medications can place a pet in the crosshairs.
Although their keen hearing and vision are important, pets primarily explore their environments with their senses of smell and taste. As a result, pet poison prevention should be a top priority in and around the home. Be sure to secure known toxins behind closed doors or in locked cabinets, and check floors and easily accessible surfaces on a daily basis.
It’s pretty easy to get distracted by any approaching holiday, but with Halloween’s sugar and costume-filled intensity, preparing for the spookiest day of the year can be truly engrossing.
Without a doubt, even the most organized among us can forget important things like routine and safety in the long shadow of seasonal fun. However, with a concerted approach to Halloween pet safety you can still have all the amusement without the real scares.Continue…
Xylitol looks just like white, granular table sugar, but with fewer calories, it’s a great alternative for some people. Popular with dentists, diabetics, and healthy trendsetters, this sugar substitute can be used in recipes and drinks just like regular sugar. What’s more, this plant alcohol derivative actually has many health benefits for humans.
However, while all this sounds great for us, xylitol can be extremely dangerous to dogs. Fortunately, all it takes is a little knowledge and awareness to keep your furry companion out of trouble and avoid a potentially deadly pet poisoning situation.Continue…