pet poison prevention week

Animal poisoning Prevention

In advising our pet owners on animal care: I always re-iterate the practicing of preventative medicine. Yearly vaccination, regular endo- and ectoparasite treatment, and sterilizing your pets early in life are all part of the preventative medicine that we desire to practice. We would much rather aid our clients in maintaining their pet’s health, than constantly need to treat potentially avoidable diseases.

Poisoning is no different. It is much easier to prevent poisonings than to attempt to treat them. There are many potential toxins, and pet owners need to be aware of the risks in their own homes to their beloved pets. The guidelines for keeping household pets safe from poisoning are very similar to those for children.

Dogs and cats explore the world with their mouths: and homes should be ‘pet-proofed’ before bringing home a new pet. This includes making sure that electrical cords are taped out of harm’s way, medications and household chemicals are moved into high cabinets or inaccessible areas, and plants (chewable, or toxic, plants) and breakables are removed. These are particularly important for puppies and kittens, although even older dogs and cats can get into trouble.

Next to the article is a table, from the ASPCA Pet Toxin website: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control which ranks the 10 most harmful toxins documented in 2012.

Animal poisoning prevention

What if the worst happens...

When should you suspect your pet has ingested a harmful toxin? If they suddenly start showing signs such as hypersalivation, labored breathing, tremors or fits, uncontrollable bleeding, have collapsed or have terrible acute diarrhea or vomiting. These are some of the signs to look out for during harmful toxicity.

Please call in the emergency to your Vet, and bring your pet in as soon as is possible. Most ideally, you should try to quickly identify the possible culprit of poisoning: this will most certainly aid your Vet in Dubai in assisting you most effectively.

We will be publishing a blog on emergency first aid for pets in the coming months, but most importantly would be to make sure you rush your pet as quickly as possible to professional help without delay. Your vet would then apply the emergency treatment and supportive care, so as to support your pet’s body as effectively as possible to aid them in metabolizing and excreting the harmful toxins.

We will be publishing a blog on emergency first aid for pets in the coming months, but most importantly would be to make sure you rush your pet as quickly as possible to professional help without delay. Your vet would then apply the emergency treatment and supportive care, so as to support your pet’s body as effectively as possible to aid them in metabolizing and excreting the harmful toxins.