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.
Springtime is the season for mulching, mowing, and prepping the garden beds, and of course, planting all of those beautiful blooms, shrubs, and edibles. And, because of this, it is also a good time to discuss pet poisoning prevention.
As a pet owner, this comes as no surprise to you – cats and dogs like to chew on foliage. Although grass, which is typically their preference, is relatively harmless (except when it comes to that new rug in the foyer), there are many popular plants that pose serious risks.
Plant Awareness, the Key to Pet Poisoning Prevention
As with any danger, awareness is integral to prevention, whether it come in the form of knowing what foods are potentially toxic or pet-proofing your home.