March 16 – 22, 2014 is National Poison Prevention Week, designated as a time to raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent poisoning from common household items in your home.
While considering the overall hazards of poisons in your home to you and your family, don’t forget the four-legged members of your family as well. Common household items that are perfectly safe for you and your children can be poisonous to your dog.
For instance – which of the following items are poisonous to your dog?
A. Potato Chips
B. Sugarless Chewing Gum
If you guessed B and C, you’re right. Sugarless chewing gum contains xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs, and even small amounts can be life-threatening to your dog. Chocolate contains methylxanthines (related to caffeine) and can be toxic to your dog.
Don’t forget to check the garage for hazards to your dog, too. Antifreeze, paint, paint thinners, garden and weed herbicides and pesticides can all be poisonous to your dog.
If your pet has ingested any of these products, or if you suspect your pet has ingested any of these chemicals, contact your vet, emergency vet or the Poison Hotline for Animals immediately.
For a listing of potentially poisonous items to pets, click here for the ASPCA’s tips on keeping your pet safe from common household poisons.