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In addition to some over the counter medications (discussed elsewhere on this site), there are many other substances that can be either highly toxic and in some cases life threatening to your pet.

Snakes, plants and materials and chemicals we use every day, place not just your pet, but all types of animals at risk.    If you suspect your pet or an animal has been poisoned, there are several steps to follow:

  • Try to keep the animal warm and quiet
  • Try to determine what the poison was and when and how much was consumed
  • Call your veterinarian or the nearest poison control center immediately

Usually poisonings happen by accident, but, there are steps  you can take to try to prevent these in advance.    Just as toddlers and children, pets have a natural curiosity and there are many things we should keep out of their reach:

  • Anti-freeze
  • Pesticides
  • Lawn sprays
  • Acids
  • Fertilizers
  • Weed killers
  • Chocolate
  • Medications

There are many more substances your pet might be harmed by, talk to your veterinarian for a more complete listing.

Plants and shrubs can also be toxic to your pet....not just the plants, but insects living in them.   Some of the more common ones are members of the following plant families:

  • Rhododendron
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Philodendron

Bear in mind that there are well over 700 hundred plants that can be poisonous and toxic to your pet, so when in doubt, ask your vet.

Other dangers include bee stings, frogs and other live animals and insects which bring a whole new set of warnings in and of themselves.

 


 

Quail Roost Animal Hospital
Julio A. Ibáñez, D.V.M.
10575 S.W. 186 Street (Quail Roost Drive)
Miami, Florida   33157
(305) 235-4991 Office