1/. Human Medications:Including common human drugs
such as painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants and dietary
supplements. Pet parents should never give their pet any medication without
the direction of a veterinarian; just one extra-strength acetaminophen can
be deadly to a cat, and just four regular-strength ibuprofen can lead to
serious kidney problems in a 10-pound dog.
2/. Insecticides: The APCC handled more than 27,000 cases about products used
to kill fleas, ticks and other insects. A key factor in the safe use of products that eliminate fleas, ticks and other pesky bugs, is reading and
following label instructions exactly.
3/. Veterinary Medications: More than 12,000 cases involved animal-relatedpreparations such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heartworm
preventatives, de-wormers, antibiotics, vaccines and nutritionalsupplements. As with flea and tick preparations, many medications are intended for use in certain species only, and potentially serious problemscould result if given to the wrong animal or at too high a dose.
4/. Plants: Some varieties that can be harmful to pets include lilies, azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, kalanchoe and schefflera. Lilies are
highly toxic to cats-even in small amounts they can produce life-threateningkidney failure.
5/. Rodenticides (Rat/mouse killers): Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestions can lead
to bleeding, seizures or even damage to the kidneys or other vital organs.Rodenticides should be placed only in areas completely inaccessible to pets.
6/. Household Cleaners: Some can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, severeoral burns or respiratory problems for pets. All household cleaners andother chemicals should be stored in a secure location well out of the reachof pets, and when cleaning your pet's dishes, toys, crates, etc, use only a mild hand dishwashing detergent and hot water.
7/. Chocolate: This is the one that most owners say "I only give him a bit".Chocolate can containlarge amounts of caffeine-likesubstances known as methylxanthines which can potentially cause vomiting,diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures or death. Typically, the darker thechocolate, the greater the potential for poisoning; just two ounces of
baking chocolate could cause serious problems for a 10-pound dog.If you MUST give chocolate, get the one made specially for dogs.
8/. Chemical Hazards: Including volatile petroleum-based products, alcohols,
acids, & gases. Keep pets away from ethylene glycol ANTIFREEZE, paintthinners, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals. Don't leave them on the garage floor, it could cost a life!
9/. Physical Hazards: Consists of objects that could pose a choking hazard,risk for intestinal obstruction, or other physical injury.It is importantto make sure that items which could be easily knocked over, broken, chewedup or swallowed are kept out of the reach of curious pets.
10/. Home Improvement Products: Involves paint, solvents, expanding glues and other products commonly used in construction.Pet parents should keep pets out of areas where home improvement projects are taking place, and of course label directions should always be followed when using any product.
Better safe than sorry.
Sharing this vital information with everyone in your network could mean the difference between life and death for a dog during this sweltering summer heat:
· Keep dogs inside: Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or even fatal.
· Water and shade: If dogs must be left outside, they should be supplied with ample fresh water and shade, and the shifting sun needs to be taken into account. Where is the animal when you are at work? Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun during a heat wave can have life-threatening consequences. Dogs should never be chained, as this can leave them no way to escape the direct sun at certain times of the day, no way to seek water should their water source be knocked over, and so on.
· Walk, don't run: In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late to save them. They can quickly become severely overheated, and an exercise session can turn into a medical emergency.
· Avoid parked cars: Never, ever leave a dog in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heatstroke within minuteseven if the car isn't parked in direct sunlight. If you see a dog trapped in a parked car, immediately take down the car's color, model, make, and license-plate number, have the guardian paged inside nearby stores, and call local humane authorities or police. Do not leave the scene before the animal is helped!
· Hot pavement: Dogs can suffer painful burns on their footpads from heated asphalt, pavement, and sand. Test the heat of surfaces with your hand before walking a dog on them.
· Pickups: Never transport dogs in the bed of a pickup truck. This practice is dangerousand illegal in many states and municipalitiesbecause animals can catapult out of the truck bed on a sudden stop or choke if they jump out while they're tied up. During hot weather, dogs' feet and bellies can also get burned on the metal.
· Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye on all outdoor dogs. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you see a dog in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the dog immediate relief by providing water.
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