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Here are some general tips on how pet owners can provide a poison-safe pet environment at Bay Cities Vet

PLANTS  Be aware of the plants that are in your home and yard, as many of them are toxic to your pets if ingested. Azalea, oleander, caster bean, sago palm, Easter Lily (in cats only), and yew plant are just a few of the many poisonous plants that can harm your pets. Cick here to view ASPCA's list of poisonous plants.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS Many cleaning products have ingredients that are toxic and can cause anything from mild stomach upset to severe burns of the mouth, tongue or stomach and some products can be fatal to your pets. Store all products in a secured area.

MEDICATIONS Secure all prescription drugs and over the counter medicines out of reach of your pets. Many can be lethal to animals even in small doses. Always consult your veterinarian before administering any medications intended for humans.

COMMON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS Many common household items are toxic and dangerous to animals, such as mothballs, potpourri, coffee grounds, fabric softener sheets, batteries, cigarettes and hand and foot warmers.

AUTOMOTIVE AND GARDEN PRODUCTS Gasoline, oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and other such products should be stored in areas that are inaccessible to your pets. Less than one tablespoon of antifreeze can be deadly to a 20-pound dog. Be sure to wipe up or hose away any spills or leaks. Do not allow your pets on lawns or in gardens treated with these products until completely dried. Be sure to read all labels carefully regarding product usage around pets. If they walk on any of these areas with these products accidentally, be sure to wipe their paws to prevent ingestion by licking.

PESTICIDES When using rat, mouse, snail or slug baits, or ant or roach traps, be sure they are placed in areas inaccessible to your pets. Most contain ingredients that can attract your pets. Many of these products could cause seizures, internal bleeding or kidney failure in dogs and cats.

HAZARDOUS FOODS Many human foods should never be given to animals as they could be toxic to them. An extensive list includes onions, onion powder, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, yeast dough, coffee, tea, salt, macadamia nuts, hops (used in beer brewing), xylitol (sugar substitute common in sugar-free gum), raisins and grapes. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. View a more complete list by clicking here.

SECURE TRASH CANS The wide variety of household items and food in most trash cans can prove deadly for your pet. Use trash cans with lids that your pet can't open or store in out of reach places such as cabinets.

READ ALL LABELS before administering any product to your pet, such as flea medicine, and follow directions on the package. Never use products intended for cats on dogs or vice versa.

IN CASE OF POISONING
National Animal Poison Control Center
ASPCA 888-4ANI-HELP 
(888- 426- 4435)

Pet Poison Helpline, or ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center.

Contact them immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic.

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