PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals: Poison Prevention Awareness Month
At PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals, our Memphis veterinarians, unfortunately, see and treat cases of accidental animal poisoning on a fairly regular basis. As a pet owner, it's extremely important that you be aware not only of common pet poisons, but of the steps to take if your pet ingests a known poison. And with March being Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, there has never been a better time to review some tips for protecting your pet! Our veterinarians in Cordova, Bartlett, and Memphis want all pet owners to be prepared in case of a pet poison emergency.
Protecting Your Dog or Cat from Accidental Poisoning
The first step to protecting your dog or cat from accidental poisoning is to simply be aware of some of the most common poisons that may be lingering around your household. One of the most common sources of accidental pet poisoning is that of antifreeze, a chemical that is often kept in garages. Unfortunately, antifreeze also has a sweet taste that can make it tempting for pets who don't know any better. If you keep antifreeze in your home, it is important that you keep it outside of your pet's reach. Furthermore, you should be careful to clean up any antifreeze spills or leaks that occur in your garage, on your driveway, or elsewhere on your property.
Some other known household toxins and poisons in pets include chocolate (did you know it can be fatal for dogs and cats?) and even certain houseplants. Lilies, for example, are extremely toxic to cats and even small amounts of pollen from these flowers can be fatal.
Common Signs of Pet Poisoning
Finally, make sure you're aware of some of the most common signs of poisoning in pets, which include:
- persistent vomiting
- sudden and unexplained lethargy
- loss of consciousness
If your pet shows any signs of poisoning, be sure to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Memphis Veterinary Team
If you have any questions about protecting your pet from poisoning, or if you'd like to schedule a routine appointment with our Memphis veterinarians, give PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals a call today. Contact any of our convenient locations.