March is slated as Pet Poison Prevention Month, and this week as it’s focus week. To help you understand how serious this topic is one statistic from the ASPCA reports in 2012 more than 180,000 incidents potential pet poisonings were reported. BestBullySticks.com knows nothing can curb your dog’s natural tendency toward curiosity but many of these cases could have been prevented. What sort of substances were involved in the 2012 cases?

Top 10 Toxins from 2012

  1. Prescription Human Medications
  2. Insecticides
  3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications
  4. Veterinary Products & Medications
  5. Household Cleaners/Products
  6. Human Food
  7. Chocolate
  8. Plants
  9. Rodenticides
  10. 10. Lawn & Garden Products

Prevention

So how do you prevent incidents of poisoning in your home? Your dog is precious to you and your family. Follow these easy steps:

Use Pet-Friendly Products & Medications Only
Make sure you’re using pet-friendly products on your dog. Only use specially formulated products for Fido unless prescribed or recommended by your vet. Also, don’t use other pet’s medications. For example, don’t use cat flea and tick medication on your dog. These are formulated differently.

Out of Reach, Out of Mind
Keep hazardous substances out of your pet’s way. Your pet won’t be able to get to your medications if in a high cabinet or tucked away in a drawer. Even your pet’s medications should be put up and away as many meds have meat flavorings.

This tip goes for more common things like trashcans, too. If your dog is highly curious, make sure your trash can or other potential areas of concern are locked up tight.

Don’t Bring It Into Your Home
If you don’t have hazardous items in your home, they can’t pose a risk. This shouldn’t be the rule for everything (i.e. chocoloate), but substances like rat poisons or even toxic plants for dogs may need to stay at the store if you have an overly curious animal.

Keep Up With Your Regular Vet Visits
By taking your dog to the vet regularly, you can stay up to date with your vet’s standard emergency procedures.

Safety Kit
Prepare a safety kit with these items:

  • Soft Pet Food
  • Turkey Baster
  • Bulb Syringe/Large Medicine Syringe
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – to induce vomiting
  • Saline Solution
  • Mild Grease-Cutting Dishwashing Liquid
  • Rubber Gloves – for bathing
  • Forceps – to remove stingers
  • Muzzle – to keep your pet immobile.
  • Pet Carrier

In the Event of an Emergency

Don’t Panic!
If you think your pet has been exposed to a toxin, don’t panic! Thinking clearly saves time and potentially your dog’s life.

Take a Look Around
Take 30 seconds to a minute to look around where you pet is. Use this time to try to identify what you think might have been the cause.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Be ready with this information:

  • Breed, age, gender, weight and number of animals involved
  • Symptoms
  • Potential Cause, amount involved and time since exposure
  • Have the product near for reference

We hope you never have to experience pet poisoning, but we do want you to be prepared. Share this blog on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to make sure all your family, friends and neighbors are prepared as well.