Official Representative of ABC Animal and Bird Clinic
National First Aid Awareness Day
National Pet Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
April 10th: National Pet Day
April 26th: National Kids and Pet's Day
April 29th: Hairball Awareness Day
Springtime is lovely, isn't it? Birds are flying around making all of those nests, butterflies are just begging to be caught and stray fleas are looking for new homes.
One thing that all of our pets need to watch out for are those springtime menaces that can get us into trouble. I'm talking toxins, poisons and other nasties that can end us up in a tight spot.
Here's some particular ones to watch for:
- Lilies (all parts - like the petals, leaves etc are extremely toxic to cats)
- Slug Bait: held together with molasses and bran, which is palatable to dogs, comes in pellets, granules, powders and liquid.
- Pyrethroids (topical insecticides used for dogs), products like Advantix are very toxic to cats if ingested, they are usually groomed off of themselves or a family pet
- Sago Palm: commonly found in this area, dogs will typically ingest
Here is the ASPCA's top 10 list of common toxins in 2011:
10. Automotive Products
9. Lawn/Garden Products (3900 calls)
8. Plants (4% of phone calls, more cat than dog)
6. Veterinary Medications (watch those NSAIDs like Rimadyl)
5. Household Products
4. People Food - Chocolate and Xylitol; 7600 calls
3. OTC human medications
2. Insecticides (11% of calls)
1. Prescription Human Medications (Cardiac and ADHD topped the list)
Conclusions? Keep any potentially dangerous chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides out of reach of any pets. Keep an eye on those houseplants or outdoor blooming plants for bite marks or other signs of pet interest. Think your pet ingested something it shouldn't have? Call us immediately! It helps to know what they might have ingested (if you have a product bag or something similar for identification purposes) and how long ago it was consumed.
Enjoy the rest of the cool spring weather before summer hits!