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Posted on 04-11-2017

Poison Prevention Information from Our Local Veterinarian in Colorado Springs

As a pet owner, it's natural that you should want to keep your pet as safe as possible. Unfortunately, the average household is full of toxic substances, from foods to plants. Knowing the toxic substances around the house, how to recognize the signs of pet poisoning and what to do in the event that your pet is poisoned can help you keep your pet safe from poison.

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Toxic Plants and Foods for Dogs and Cats

There are a variety of plants and foods that are toxic to dogs and cats! For example:

  • Easter lilies - Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. Even just drinking water that an Easter lily was drinking from can be deadly. If you have Easter lilies in your house at Easter time, keep your flowers up high and away from your pet.
  • Chocolate - Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. The most toxic type of chocolate is baker's chocolate because it contains concentrated levels of the toxin. Given enough chocolate, your pet can die. Pet owners who keep chocolate in the house should store their chocolate in a location where it can never be reached by an animal, such as in the freezer.
  • Onions, garlic & chives - Onions are most dangerous to cats, but can make dogs sick as well. Keep your pet away from everything that contains onions and foods in the onion family, like garlic.
  • Oleanders - Oleanders are a beautiful flower, but they're highly poisonous to cats and dogs.
  • Mouse & rat poisons
  • Ibuprofen & Acetaminophen
  • Xylitol – sugar-free gum and candy
  • Grapes & raisins
  • Caffeine – coffee and tea
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Unbaked yeast bread dough
  • Alcohol
  • Table salt

Know the Symptoms of Pet Poisoning Our Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs can help

Knowing the symptoms of pet poisoning can help you know when to contact your pet's animal hospital in Colorado Springs for help.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizers
  • Tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Disorientation
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever

If your pet displays some or all of the symptoms above, contact your pet's veterinarian near Colorado Springs right away.

Contact Your Pet's Veterinarian Near Colorado Springs Today!

As your pet's vets in Colorado Springs, we take your pet's health and wellness very seriously. At Centennial Animal Hospital, we provide urgent care to pets who ingest toxic substances. If your pet is displaying symptoms described above, contact us today at 719-528-1693.

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