National Animal Poison Prevention Week observed in March

Published Feb 26, 2017 at 9:00am

The third full week of March is National Animal Poison Prevention Week.

This year it falls on the week of March 19-25.

Poison prevention is something that we are aware of on a daily basis for ourselves, our families and our pets. This week is meant as a reminder of how important it is to be aware of the dangers around us and very careful of what we, or our pets, ingest.

Some toxins are very obvious whereas others aren’t, especially when it comes to your pets. There are things around your home that may be safe for you, but very dangerous for your pet. 

Medications that are meant for humans are not necessarily safe for pets. They can be extremely dangerous or deadly to them. Keep all over-the-counter as well as prescription medications where your pets can’t get to them.

There are many human foods that are poisonous to pets also. If you give your pet human food always make sure it is safe for them. Some foods that are dangerous for dogs are: chocolate, grapes and raisins and anything with Xylitol (artificial sweetener) in it. Some foods that are dangerous to cats are: raisins, onions, garlic and raw eggs.

Many plants are toxic to pets, some of which will make them sick and some that can be deadly. You should be very cautious what plants you have in your home and yard. Do your research and make sure you are not making poisonous plants available to your pets. Lilies are very dangerous especially to cats; they will make them very sick. Certain types of lilies such as Easter lilies, if not caught in time, can cause death.

Insecticides as well as household cleaners can also be dangerous to pets. Two common causes of accidental poisoning are antifreeze and rat poison. It’s very important to keep chemicals away from your pets.

The best way to prevent poisoning is to be aware of what your pets come in contact with. Research the dangers and keep an eye on what your pets are getting into. If you believe your pet may have been poisoned by anything, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

The Humane Society of Rome has some wonderful dogs and cats who are looking for safe, loving homes. They are looking forward to meeting you. Two of them are:

Chino is a 5 1/2 year-old male Pit/Mastiff mix who needs a forever home. He is very sweet and enjoys play time, chewing on Kongs, and curling up on laps. He is fine with kids and gets along with most dogs. He had to have surgery on his hip so he needs walks at least twice daily to build up his leg muscle. He’s a nice boy, so please come meet him soon.

Mila is a pretty 4-year-old grey kitty. She is looking for a new home where she can bring joy and happiness to someone. Maybe the someone is you. You can meet this pretty girl at the New Hartford PetSmart.