The More You Know About Pet Poison Prevention Could Save a Life 

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. 

Always Sniffing

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.

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Pet Disaster Preparedness Can Help Ensure Pet Safety

Between 1950 and 2010, almost 2,400 extreme weather events were recorded within 50 miles of San Antonio. While it’s rare to see wildfire or heavy snow here, we endure high winds, thunderstorms, hail, and flooding from year to year. 

Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital is here to give you the rundown. Residents must take steps to secure their property and personal welfare from natural disasters. Pet owners have to take extra precautions to guarantee that their pets stay out of harm’s way. Cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and livestock all reap the benefits associated with a proactive approach to pet safety. 

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A Closer Look at Xylitol and Pet Poisoning

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.

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