Even though it’s Pet Poison Prevention Month, pet parents should be aware of items toxic to their pet every month! Our team at Keene Veterinary Hospital wants pet owners to know about these items you probably have sitting around your home that could prove to be fatal for your pet.
- Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol® and other medications, can cause liver damage in dogs. Cats are even more sensitive: Ingestion of a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anemia and even be fatal—toxicity ranking: moderate to severe.
- Batteries can be toxic to both dogs and cats, leading to ulcers in the mouth, esophagus or stomach—toxicity ranking: moderate to severe.
- Chocolate can cause seizures and death in dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as unsweetened baker’s chocolate, is more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Even cocoa bean mulch, when eaten in large quantities, can be a problem—toxicity ranking: moderate to severe.
- Detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach in dogs and cats—toxicity ranking: mild to moderate.
There are many household and garden items that are dangerous to your pets. Also, watch for poisonous plants, toys with small parts, rawhide chews, human foods (chocolate, artificial sweeteners, chicken bones, alcohol, onions, and grapes, to name a few), and holiday décor.
If you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, call our office immediately. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.