Many of us know the horror of coming home to finding something wrong with our four-legged friend.
Unbeknownst to us, our pet had gotten into something they shouldn’t have. So many man-made products around the house, plants, and items can cause toxicity in dogs and cats.
What does that really mean?
Toxicity. It is basically “the degree to which a substance (toxin or poison) can harm humans or animals”. There are short and long-term toxicities.
Common symptoms include:
- Lethargy (lack of energy)
- Excessive salivation (drooling)
- Cold extremities
- Rapid breathing
- Lack of appetite
The list of toxic foods is long and requires a whole other blog! So click here to read our list of foods that are poisonous for our pets.
Man-made things like antifreeze, or fluoride (found in human toothpaste) cause toxic reactions in pets. Natural plants like tomato and Bird of Paradise are toxic too. It’s good to be aware of the dangers in and around your home. Take the necessary precautions to keep your pet away from them.
Household chemicals and products should be safely stored in childproof cabins, because, let’s face it, they are our furry kids! Keep potted plants containing fertilizers away from puppy’s or kitten’s curious paws. Be proactive in protecting your pets!