It’s National Pet Month and the perfect time to poison proof your home. We all try to keep our pets safe and free from harm. That means keeping potentially lethal items out of their reach. Unfortunately, each year thousands of dogs and cats are poisoned in their own homes and nearly half of those ingested human medications. NEVER leave your medications within the reach of your dog!
No matter how careful we are, sometimes accidents happen. I’ve heard of dogs eating birth control pills, children’s chewable vitamins, and an entire bag of Halloween candy! What do you do if you think that your pet has been poisoned? The first and hardest thing to do is remain calm. You will need to be able to speak to your vet or Poison Control in a rational manner.
· Remove any remaining hazardous material from your pet’s reach.
· Put the container or substance in a bag to bring to your vet or to describe to the Pet Poison Helpline.
· Save a sample of anything you pet may have vomited.
You will want to act immediately to increase the chance of recovery. Waiting is not an option when it involves poisoning. If your pet needs to have its stomach pumped, vomiting induced, or administering activated charcoal, that can only be performed within a small time frame.
Do not induce vomiting until you speak to a veterinarian/Pet Poison Control. There are certain drugs and chemicals that should not be vomited. The same thing goes for home remedies. Never self-treat your pet with milk, peanut butter, vegetable oil, or salt. These “remedies” can cause more damage.
The best way to prevent an accidental poisoning is to assume that your pet will try to get dangerous substances. Just because they have never shown any interest in your pills, doesn’t mean that one day they won’t decide to try them. Put all medications in an upper cabinet or a cabinet that has been baby-proofed. (Especially if you have a counter-surfer)
As always, an emergency first aid kit in your home could save the life of your best friend. In case of poisoning, you’ll want to include these items:
· Hydrogen peroxide 3%
· Liquid dishwashing detergent (Palmolive® or Dawn®)
· Rubber Gloves
· Triple antibiotic ointment (I use Neosporin® w/pain reliever)
· Vitamin E oil or capsules
· Diphenhydramine liquid or 25 mg tablets (Benadryl® or store brand), with no other combination ingredients
· Ophthalmic Saline Solution or artificial tears
· Can of tuna packed in water, chicken broth or some type of canned pet food
· Corn Syrup
*Check expiration dates on all items.
Always have your phone programmed with your veterinarian’s number, the nearest emergency animal hospital, and the Pet Poison Helpline. 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center ~ 855-764-7661 *A $49 fee is billed by Pet Poison Helpline
You can also download the new app Vet on Demand® and live video chat with a veterinarian. Be sure to read our review of this “app-solutely” awesome service here! *Vet on Demand is not available 24/7 at this time.
Source: Pet Poison Helpline
Who is BlogPaws Conference Cruising with Bentley today?Bentley is winding his way through the country picking up the pets that are attending this year's conference with their humans. There are only 2 weeks left and he is trying to get to everyone. If you requested to ride and have not been picked up, please let me know. We picked up our 45th passenger today and sometimes Bentley gets distracted by his sweetie Emma from MyGBGVLife. He has a bad case of puppy love. Luckily, he now has @Emma Scammahorn's Winnie as his GPS (Guinea Pig System) so it should be fine!
So, who are our newest friends? It is *Lacy* and *Clayton* from Barks and Tails. They are joining Pierre and Bailie in the back of the Corvette as the Chihuahua Crew of @Karen Sanabria shout greetings from the Crow's Nest.
The Hound Dog Hot Tub is the place to be on a day like today! If you'll notice our front row is filled with DOGthusiast: for dog enthusiasts Mort, Polly Pocket & Porky Pig from @Kama Rueschenberg, the lovely Carma Poodale, our new riders from Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them. Phoebe and Isis seem to be making friends with Golden Woofs Sugar, and Groovy Goldendoodles Jax & Harley. To Dog With Love Rocco and Dog Mom Days - Wynston AKC Chihuahua are enjoying The Chesnut Mutts whileThe Lazy Pit Bull Miss Nike seems to be rather sweet on the handsome Gander of Veteran Traveler @Lon Hodge.
As we head up to the Grillin' N Chillin' Deck, we find our buds Charlie & Harley of My Dog Likes grilling up what all dogs like...BURGERS! (There is also tuna fillets for our cat friends) @Celeste Lindell's Toby is always willing to lend a paw. Irresistible Pets Chuy is hanging with the big dogs from It's Dog or Nothing Atka & Mauja. Denise Gruzensky's Shasta and Dolly the Doxie are waiting for a cheeseburger! Oh My Shih Tzu's Riley, K9 Carry All Kona and @Carleen Pruess Coulter's Eve and excited about the news they just heard from Stunning Keisha's Plush CK and Coco the Couture Cat.
*Hint: Notice the Cat Lounge Billboard that we are passing. MOL!
→On a serious note, we are quickly selling out of tickets to this year's conference. Don't wait any longer to buy yours. The host hotel is booked, but BlogPaws discount rates are available at the @Red Roof Inn. More details available →http://bit.ly/1K90OLz
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Today is the Pet Parade Blog Hop! We have grown from just a few blogs parading with us to a May Day sized parade each week! Join the fun with Rascal and Rocco, Bionic Basil’s Blog, Jan’s Funny Farm, Love is being owned by a Husky, and me to celebrate. Grab our badge and hop along!