Do you know which items in your house could be potentially hazardous to your pets?

While the following is not an all-inclusive list, it will give you a good idea of how many items could be a danger or should be questioned before bringing into your home.

Common toxic items in your home

Low toxicity

  • Glow jewelry/glow sticks
  • School glues, epoxy glues
  • Pencils/markers
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Christmas tree preservatives
  • Snow sprays/snow flock.

Moderate Toxicity

  • Liquid air fresheners and potpourri
  • Expandable wood glues
  • Batteries
  • Charcoal lighter fluid

High Toxicity

  • Antifreeze/coolant
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes/raisins
  •  Pest control baits and poisons
  •  Alcoholic beverages
  •  Lawn and garden herbicides and pesticides
  •  Epoxy adhesives

Common toxic plants:

•        Sago Palm
•        Lilies
•        Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
•        Azalea/Rhododendron
•        Oleander
•        Castor Bean
•        Cyclamen
•        Kalanchoe
•        Yew
•        Asparagus Fern
•        Caladium
•        Colocasia (Elephant’s Ear)
•        Deiffenbachia (Dumb Cane)
•        Philodendron (Saddle Leaf, Split Leaf)
•        Mum (Pot and Spider)
•        Umbrella Plant
•        Poinsettia leaves/stems
•        Holly berries and leaves
•        Mistletoe (especially berries)

Signs/Symptoms of pet poisoning:

•        A change in your pet’s normal behavior
•        Your pet appears drowsy or uncomfortable
•        Vomiting, diarrhea or excessive urination
•        Unusual salivation or drooling
•        Strange odors on the breath or skin
•        Unsteady walk or movements, including tremors
•        Disorientation or overreaction to light and sound
•        Changes in gum color to blue, pale or bright red, or burn marks on the gum.

What to do if you suspect that your pet has been poisoned?

•        Emergency pet first aid: This could help save your pet but PLEASE know how & when to apply as inducing vomiting could do more harm than good!***
•        Veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital: DO NOT wait for symptoms to appear, seek professional help.  **Bring the toxic item or know the EXACT name of item, this will help speed up treatment for your beloved pet.**
•        National Animal Poison Control Center: For immediate assistance at home, you may consider calling 888-4ANI-HELP or (888-426-4435).  **A fee may apply**

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