When you have a pet, you want to be sure you are giving it a safe environment in which to live. Sadly, many pets die every year due to exposure to common household items found around the home. Here are ten Pet Poison Prevention tips to make sure your pet lives a long and healthy life.

1. Plants – There are several plants that are poisonous to dog and cats and should be avoided if you have a pet. The worst are lilies which can cause kidney failure.

2. Chocolate – There are many human foods that can poison your pet but chocolate is one of the worst, especially for dogs. It can cause various side effects including cardiac arrest.

3. Medications – As with children, human prescription and non-prescription medicines should be kept out of the reach of your pets; they can chew through childproof caps.

4. Rat poison – It seems like common sense but you have to make sure your pet does not get into traps set for rats and other pests. Keep your pet out of the room where these traps are set.

5. Insecticides – Make sure your pet is not around if you have to spray a room with insecticide and keep the pet out for a few hours afterwards.

6. Household cleaners – Most of us keep cleaners and other household chemicals under the sink. Ensure that your pet can’t reach them and that they are properly closed.

7. Flea and tick treatments – If applied improperly these can kill your dog or cat. Always follow the instructions carefully.

8. Anti-freeze – This can kill both humans and animals very quickly if ingested. As with other chemicals, this and all other automotive products must be stored away from pets.

9. Paint – Paint and other household decorative items such as glue, must be stored where pets cannot reach them.

10. Fertilizers – If you spray your garden to help the grass grow, make sure you are using one that is safe for pets and humans. If you are not sure, keep the pet out of the garden for a few days.

It just takes a little pet-proofing of your home to keep everyone happy and safe. If you follow these Pet Poison Prevention tips you and your pet should be together for a long time.

Poison Proof Your Home

March 20, 2013

Every homeowner is keen on the safety of their family and the same measures should extend to your pets as well. There is need is a need to poison proof your home in order to prevent any hazards from happening. Here are some pet poison prevention tips to help you avoid instances of pet poisoning.

While different pesticides and pet drugs can be helpful in combating diseases and ensuring your pets are healthy, such medical products may pose danger to your pets. It is therefore important that you read and follow the instructions that come with the drugs you purchase before administering them to the pet. Following label directions is important as it eliminates the risk of poisoning.

If you own a pet, you should take similar measures as those you would take for children. However, you cannot educate pets on the dangers of poisonous pesticides or pills. Keeping your household product and medicinal products in a locked cabinet is important. This also involves separating your pet food products from the medicinal ones. Keeping each product in their original containers is important to avoid any confusion when administering each to the pet.

Apart from ensuring safety in storing drugs, you should also be careful by maintaining a safe environment for your pets. This is one of the most important pet poison prevention tips. Whenever you spill any insecticides or poisonous liquids in your compound or garage, you should hose down the place because pets can lick such liquids and get poisoned.

You should also get rid of plants or flowers which may be poisonous when consumed by pets. Poison traps for mice or rats may be very dangerous if consumed by your dog or cats. Trimming the grass and bushes in your compound and draining stagnant water will go a long way in getting rid of snakes and frogs.

Another way of poison proofing your home is by learning the basics of poisoning and measures which can be taken where your pet has swallowed poisonous products. Knowing some of the symptoms which pets occasion when poisoned is also helpful. You may induce vomiting using 3% hydrogen peroxide but this should be directed by a pet doctor. It is also important to keep contacts of pet poisoning experts just in case you have an emergency in future. Follow the simple pet poison prevention tips to ensure the safety of your pets.

Poison Proof your Lawn

March 13, 2013

Pets are prone to poisoning because most of them are not trained to recognize dangerous substances. They are also naturally curious and will gravitate towards a strange new object, unmindful of its true purpose or risk. Keep your pets safe and healthy with these pet poison prevention tips.

Go natural.
If you let pets out to play in the yard, stop using chemical pesticides or fertilizers for plants and grass. Many commercial pesticides contain ingredients that are toxic or irritating to animals. Use organic fertilizers instead and prevent pests by mixing a homemade pesticide from natural ingredients. One caveat: if using cocoa mulch, apply only to plants that are out of reach of pets. Cocoa can be very toxic to some pets if ingested, so either apply it sparingly where pets cannot get to it or avoid it altogether.

Follow proper disposal methods for waste materials.
Lead from dead batteries, used automotive oil, grease and other automotive and household products that contain chemicals must be wrapped or placed in a leak-proof container and disposed of properly. Some products, such as antifreeze, taste sweet and therefore quite attractive to pets. Always clean off any spills and store leftover items away from the yard out of reach of children and animals.

Be aware of poisonous plants.
One of the most important pet poison prevention tips that every pet owner should keep in mind is that many popular houseplants can be toxic to animals. Some plants have sap, leaves or berries that can irritate the mucus membranes while others can cause a number of health problems or even death if ingested. Be careful when raising plants such as belladonna, calla lilies, birds of paradise, mistletoe, Easter lilies, brunfelsia (the berries are toxic), lily of the valley, morning glory, tansy and venus flytrap, among others.

Keep outdoor trash cans secure.

Trash cans present dozens of combinations of potentially hazardous materials. Aside from spoiled leftovers and food scraps, they can also contain old, damaged and broken household items. Place trash cans on level surfaces and secure or lock the lids to prevent access by bored or curious pets.

Keep pets within a confined, fenced area
Even if you implement pet poison prevention tips carefully, pets could still become victims of poisoning if they strayed into the neighbor’s yard. Keep pets within a fenced area or indoors, if and when necessary.


If you own a beloved dog or cat that has free roam of your home you should be prepared with all the safety precautions for your pet. Your pet has free roam of your house and there are some substances or plants that can be poisonous for your dog or cat if ingested.

If you have purchased a new pet like a dog or a cat which is young you should be wary of your pet chewing on things that can be poisonous. Pets that roam around your garden also may eat plants or garbage that might poison them. Be aware of the symptoms of pet poisoning so that you are ready for any safety issues that might arise. You may also feed your pet junk food which inadvertently poisons your pet. The symptoms of poisoning may not be immediate and may manifest over days and even weeks. Below are some ways that you can identify if your pet is poisoned so that you can administer first aid immediately and then take your pet to a vet for further diagnosis and verification.

The symptoms of poisoning in a dog may vary due to the substance and the amount ingested.

If your dog is woozy, vomiting or breathing heavily or uncomfortably while sitting, look for more signs as to the reason for your dog’s behaviour.

A dog that is poisoned may suffer from any one or all of the following symptoms-

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Staggering
  • Difficulty in breathing

If your dog is in this condition for a prolonged period of time such as an hour or more, do not hesitate to call a vet. It is also a good idea to check the temperature of your dog to rule out that your pet has caught a virus.

Some poisons when ingested by dogs can cause  hyper excitability, bleeding disorders, muscle rigidity or tremors, sensitivity to touch, light, or sound which may trigger seizures, or even
heart, kidney or liver disorders,

The tongue of your pet and lips will also become blue in the case of some poisoning.

If your dog is limping or has a swelling check for bites to be sure that your dog has not been bitten by a snake. If your dog has been bitten by a snake tie a bandage around the limb to cut off circulation and call a vet immediately for antivirus treatment.




It is pet poison prevention month and many of us will be thinking about what we can do to raise cash and increase awareness. Below we have 5 fund-raising ideas for you to consider.

1. You might try selling a service. Perhaps offer to walk a dog for an hour for a set fee. Or maybe groom and pamper a pet for a small donation. Do use a tin or a box outlining the aims of pet poison prevention month. This will educate and let people know what their donations are for.

2. Host a quiz night at your home or a local bar. Some of the questions could be about pet poisoning, maybe some facts and figures. The quiz however, should be dynamic and varied in all aspects of general knowledge.

3. Throw a party and have your donation boxes with appropriate literature on the door. This could be a great way of meeting people, raising funds and getting the message out.

4. Hold a bring-and-buy sale. This is an excellent way of generating funds and bringing a community together. In a corner of the room you could have a little display telling visitors what the fund raising is about and to make them aware what pet poison prevention month is about and its aims.

5. Get sponsored for a run or other activity. If the sponsored activity is adventurous enough you may not only make money, you may also attract local media interest to your cause.

Whatever, fund raising idea you come up with, it should be engaging and fun. Even if at the end of the month you have only made a few dollars it would have been worthwhile because your efforts will have publicized to your community the importance of pet poison prevention month.


Your pets are curious critters, nosing around – and sometimes eating – substances that could make them very sick or kill them. Animals needing to be housed in animal shelters aren’t immune, either.

Use Locking Cabinets

The best pet poison prevention tips prevent accidental poisonings from happening at all. Store household chemicals and poisons away in a cabinet that’s locked or too high for your pets to get into. Secure such items as bleach, cleaning items, tile cleaners and liquid drain openers in these cabinets. In short, think of your pet as a curious child.

Secure Trash Cans

Your cats and dogs have acute senses of smell. The chicken bones you tossed into the trash are highly tempting to them and after you’ve gone to bed, they’ll do everything they can to get to them. Store your kitchen trash can in a secure cabinet or toss the trash in the outdoor trash bin every night. If you cannot do this, convert a large cat litter container – those that hold 30 pounds or more – into a kitchen trash can. The snap lid is impossible for your cats or dogs to open.

No Foods or Medications for Humans

More pet poison prevention tips: Medications intended for humans, such as aspirin, can make your pets very ill.  Only give your pets medications prescribed by your vet.

Chocolates, onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, coffee, alcoholic beverages, avocados, milk, nicotine and rich, fatty foods can make your pets ill, or they can kill them.

Beware of Deicers and Antifreeze

When you take your pets outdoors during winter months, the deicers used to melt ice can poison them when they lick their paws. Wash their paws off when you bring them indoors. Clean up every antifreeze spill – even tiny amounts can kill your dog or cat.

Restrict Use of Poisons

One of the most important pet poison prevention tips – keep rat poisons and pesticides away from your cats and dogs. These can kill your dogs and cats. Pesticides and fertilizers are potentially deadly for animals. Keep the dogs and cats inside when you use them and try to restrict where they roam while the chemicals are doing their work on weeds and those insect pests. Again, your animals are curious and will nose into “interesting” smells and odors, potentially making themselves very sick. These chemicals can kill your pets.