Keep Your Dog Safe From Accidental Poisoning

by on 12/03/11 at 10:38 am

It is not uncommon for parents of a baby to “child-proof” their home, and make sure anything that proves harmful when ingested is placed well out of reach. This same practice should apply to families with dogs, for there are many household items that – while not immediately hurtful to adult humans – can cause serious illness in pets. Because pets are more agile than babies, you need to be more mindful of where you place certain objects.

Medications are especially threatening, and it’s important to keep any pills sealed and placed well out of a dog’s reach. Do not leave medicines on a kitchen table or counter if your dog is able to support himself on his hind legs and touch the top surface. Medications should be stored atop your refrigerator or in a cabinet – out of sight. Even the simplest of remedies can cause convulsions, vomiting or seizures in your pet.

Certain foods, also, need to be set out of the way. Chocolate, onions, and grapes are among three foods that are known to cause illness in dogs, so it is a good idea not to leave any where your pet can get a hold of them. Seal foods in containers to discourage your pet from sniffing out the food. Invest in a garbage can that your dog is unable to tip over, or else try to keep kitchen food scraps at a minimum and toss everything in an outdoor can. The less opportunity for temptation you provide, the better for your pet.

To avoid mishaps in the kitchen, bathroom, and anywhere else you feel your dog could nose into trouble, check with your local pet supplies shop for dog-proof locks to put on lower cabinet doors. As your pets realize they will not get into where they are not wanted, they will hopefully lose interest.

Keep your pets safe by keeping medicines and harmful objects out of reach. A few simple steps can save you a lifetime of worry and guilt.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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