When it comes to taking care of your pet, you, of course, want to do everything you can to make sure he or she is as healthy as possible. From making sure your pet follows a healthy diet to taking precautions to prevent poisoning, there are several tips you can follow to give your pet a good life. For now, let’s take a closer look at pet poisoning reactions and how to avoid it.

Common Plants that can Poison Your Pet

One of the top tips that you will want to follow to ensure your pet does not get poisoned is to be careful which plants you have in your home. Did you know that lilies are poisonous to cats? That’s right, so if you have any cats in your home, you will want to make sure you don’t have any lilies. Also important is to make sure that you don’t have any sago palm or azaleas, as these plants can also be poisonous if your pet comes into contact with them.

Cleaning Supplies that are Poisonous to Your Pet

Another way to prevent your pet from becoming poisoned to make sure you don’t allow it around any of your cleaning supplies. This means that all cleaning supplies should be locked in a closet or cabinet. In the event that your pet does ingest cleaning supplies, you will want to take him or her to your local vet as quickly as possible. There is a good chance that your pet will have to have its stomach pumped. Supplies with any of the following ingredients present a great poison risk to your pet:

  • Bleach
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glycol
  • Ammonia
  • Chlorine

Symptoms and What to Do

There are a variety of symptoms that go along with pet poisoning. These symptoms may vary depending on how much of the poisonous substance your pet has ingested. Common symptoms include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Nosebleeds
  • Inability to urinate

If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please take it to your local vet immediately. It is also important to take a quick look around to see if you can pinpoint which substance your pet has ingested that could be causing the poisoning. If you know which substance has caused the poisoning, this may be able to help the vet be able to better treat your pet.

Contact Hill Top Animal Hospital

To learn more about the health risks and symptoms that are accompanied by pet poisoning, please contact Hill Top Animal Hospital today at 706-303-4571. Our friendly staff and veterinarians Dr. Scholer and Dr. Greene can answer all your questions.