We, as pet owners, like to keep our pets as safe as possible. We all are pretty aware of the obvious dangers – keep the pets away from the chemicals in the garage, don’t throw a ball into the yard full of rusty machinery etc. But there are a few dangers that are common in many homes that are a bit surprising. Here are a few things to watch out for:
- Playdough – We think of playdough as a pretty innocuous toy for kids – but the salt content (especially in home-made playdough) is extremely high! It smells like people food (flour and oil) but a hungry dog can eat enough to cause a serious salt imbalance!
- Grapes (and raisins) can be very dangerous for dogs! It can cause just a bout of diarrhea and lethargy or something as serious as kidney disease/failure! Grapes are handy to play catch with but we recommend that you keep them completely out of reach!
- Easter Lilies – Easter lilies (all parts) are very toxic to cats! If they decide to chew on your beautiful spring arrangement they could develop a serious kidney problem.
- Shampoo – Human shampoo is not actually toxic, but if your pet gets extremely dirty and you’ve run out of pet shampoo, it’s actually better to use dish soap to clean them up than your bottle of shampoo. The pH of human and pet skin is quite different and dish soap will be more soothing in the long run.
- Compost/Mulch Piles – Please make sure that your compost pile is well fenced off from the rest of your yard. Mold is very common in piles of compost and mulch and can cause pet and wildlife to be poisoned. The symptoms of compost poisoning (caused by tremorgenic mycotoxins) are drooling, vomiting, inappetance, panting, agitation, in-coordination, tremors, and seizures.
- Tylenol – At Green Acres we stock many medications that originated in the human health care field. But not every drug can transfer into veterinary care. Tylenol should never be used for pain relief in your cat. Many other common pain killers will also be very dangerous for your cat so if your cat is painful, please call us or bring her in to get dose-specific, appropriate relief.