“National Pet Poison Prevention Week” Begins March 20

Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) is reminding pet owners about “National Pet Poison Prevention Week,” which is the week of March 20 and is urging them to recognize the common poisonous items and household products that can cause serious illnesses or death in pets.

Some of the most common poisons to pets can be found in one’s own home. Below is a list of products and items that should always be kept away from pets:

Human Medication – One of the most poisonous ingredients to pets is acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen can cause serious damage to the pets’ organs. Be sure to dispense your medication over a sink or bowl to ensure that it does not drop on the floor where your pet can get a hold of it.

Sugar-Free Gum/Mints – Only a brief taste of these treats will seriously poison your pet. These products contain xylitol, which is a sugar substitute that has killed a large number of dogs and cats. Be sure to put them in a safe place, like a zippered part of your bag or in a drawer that cannot be reached by pets.

Caffeinated Beverages – Coffee can kickstart a human’s day; however, pets should not drink it. The caffeine in coffee, soda, tea, chocolate, and iced tea can be toxic to pets and lead to abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, and death.

Plants – Beautiful plants can enhance the décor of your home and even create a pleasant scent. Nevertheless, plants such as poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, lilies, and daffodils contain toxins that can cause gastrointestinal upset, kidney failure, seizures, or death in pets.

Household Cleaners – When preparing for spring cleaning, make sure that your pets stay far away from the products you’re using. Essential cleaning products contain ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, and formaldehyde that can put pets at risk for cancer, anemia, or liver and kidney damage if consumed.

Alcohol – This is a serious toxin that should never be consumed by pets. Even small amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, a coma, or death.

Central Veterinary Associates’ Valley Steam hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Central Veterinary Associates at (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.

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