The third full week in March is National Poison Prevention Week, which was started in 1962 by Congress and President John F. Kennedy. It starts on March 20 in 2022.
March also happens to be Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, so it’s a particularly appropriate time for us to talk about ways we can prevent accidental poisoning in our dogs and educate other dog parents about steps they can take to keep their puppies safe. hold.
Here are some things to know during National Poison Prevention Week and Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.
What to do if your dog is poisoned?
First, if you suspect your dog has been poisoned, call your nearest emergency vet immediately and follow their instructions.
When you call, the vet may instruct you to give your dog an counteracting substance, fluids to dilute the venom or pass it through the system, or medications.
They may also instruct you to induce vomiting or immediately take your dog to the pet emergency room for treatment.
It is important that you DO NOT take any of these steps without veterinary instructions because different poisoning cases require different solutions. If you try to vomit or give your dog medicine without a vet’s approval, you can make the situation much worse or even fatal.
If an emergency vet is not available, try contacting the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435. Please note that you may be charged for using this service.
Symptoms Of Poisoning In Dogs
Symptoms of poisoning in dogs vary depending on the substance ingested, but they may include:
- Diarrhea or bloody stools
- Excessive urination
- epileptic attacks
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual behavior
- Loss of coordination
- Unusual breathing patterns or heart rate
Keep in mind that these are just some signs of poisoning and other symptoms may appear.
Most Common Ways Dogs Are Poisoned
Although accidents do happen, prevention is the best method of protecting dogs from poisoning.
There are many common household and environmental substances and items that can cause poisoning in dogs. The list below is not a complete list of all the things that can cause poisoning in your dog, but it does cover some of the most common substances that cause dog poisoning.
If you have these items in your home or see them in your dog’s outdoor environment, remove them or put them somewhere your dog can’t reach.
Here are some of the substances that cause the most poisonings in dogs:
- Chocolate, grapes, and various other human foods (ask your vet before sharing food with your dog)
- Artificial sweeteners such as xylitol – found in many candies and peanut butter
- Household cleaners and chemicals
- certain soaps
- Certain essential oils and liquid potpourri
- Heavy metals, including those in cents
- Pesticides or herbicides
- Tobacco or vape liquid
- Prescription or recreational drugs, including marijuana
- Human vitamins
- rodent poison
- Glow sticks
- fabric softener
- Various types of plants, including sago palm, oleander, azaleas, poinsettias, lilies, and spring bulbs
- Kerosene, gasoline or torch fluid
- snail bait
- Poisonous Toads – Native to many parts of the United States
- Poisonous mushrooms
Help spread the word during Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and National Poison Prevention Week so we can help save dogs’ lives. Please share this information with your dog loving friends and family so we can prevent accidental poisoning of dogs.
What measures do you take to ensure that your dog is not poisoned by substances in or around your home? Have you ever dealt with an accidental poisoning? Let us know in the comments below!