Our dogs are our fur babies and let’s be real, they require just as much care as actual kids. That includes keeping a watchful eye on them and even doggy-proofing the house. Dogs are known to get into a whole bunch of things they aren’t supposed to, like chemicals, household items, and foods that aren’t good for them. As their owners, it’s our job to keep them safe.
Luckily, I don’t have to worry about this with my pup, Truman. When we first got him, he would get into everything. Most of all, he loved eating flip-flops and anything else that looked chewy. But as he got older, he started to behave more and now we can let him wander wherever he wants throughout the house and we don’t have to crate him when we go out. I’m glad we don’t have to worry about him, but we still always take precautions.
March is National Animal Poison Prevention Month, so here’s a list of some of the top pet toxins of 2015 to help you protect your beloved pups.
1. OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS
Always check to make sure you didn’t accidentally drop a pill on the floor. You don’t want your dog to be the one to find it!
2. HUMAN PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS
Dogs can easily chew through the child-proof pill bottles, so keep them stored away.
Make sure to store all chemicals out of reach from your pets and keep them away from the areas you sprayed.
4. HUMAN FOODS
Tru won’t eat his dog food if we don't mix in a little bit of human food (i.e., chicken), but be careful about what you are feeding your dog! There are a whole bunch of foods dogs shouldn’t eat that you wouldn’t think of. Make sure to do your research before feeding your pup any human foods. Google saves doggy lives!
5. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Doggy proof the house! Anything that you wouldn’t want a real baby to get into, you wouldn’t want your dog to, either.
6. VETERINARY MEDICATIONS
Just like human medication, you don’t want your pup getting into these.
Sadly, we can’t share this yummy treat with our best friends.
Keep an eye on your pup when you let them out in the backyard. There could be poisonous mushrooms or other toxic plants they might eat.
These are meant to kill rodents, so there’s no doubt they’ll be harmful to your pup!
10. LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS
Be cautious when your dog sniffs around in grass because there could be chemicals put down. Always be on the lookout for a sign!
To get more facts and info, check out the list on the ASPCA website here.
Share this list with friends to help keep their pups safe and if you think of any other common toxins fellow pet owners should be cautious of, let us know in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you!