Summer is here, and picnics with lots of yummy treats abound. Many of us are very tempted to indulge our pets with tastes from our party foods. But, before doing that, we MUST consider the dangers of some of the foods. STOP and think about what items are possible toxins and can harm our beloved, four-legged family members.
The top ten dog toxins that are listed by the Pet Poison Helpline include:
2. Caffeine and caffeine pills
3. Rodent Poisons
4. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
5. Xylitol (the sweetener used in candy and sugar-free gum)
6. Anti-depressant medications or any medication
7. Fertilizers (Better to have a not-so-perfect lawn than one that will harm our pets)
8. Grapes and raisins
10. Vitamin D overdose
The sun also can be dangerous, and dogs are susceptible to sun burns. Overheating, heat strokes, and dehydration are other real threats to our pets' lives, and we must take precautions. Of course, leaving our pets in cars is absolutely out of the question!! Sure, it's fun to take them everywhere with us, BUT having them alive with us is a much better than the momentary pleasure that could turn deadly in a matter of short minutes.
NEVER exercise your pet in the heat of the day. Wait until cool evening hours or get up early before the temperatures get hot.
Provide plenty of fresh water. Several bowls scattered throughout the home AND outside are extremely important.
If your pet is overheated, wait to feed until he cools down. Bloat is lethal.
Keep the Pet Poison telephone number posted in a place that you don't have to go searching. 1-800-213-6680 and www.petpoisonhelpline.com are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a fee for each incident but well worth the cost to save a life.
With great care and thoughtful planning, you and your wonderful pets will be better able to enjoy a safe summer!