Safeguarding Our Pets: Observing Animal Poison Prevention Month with CityVet

Dr. Joseph Fujikawa
Partner Veterinarian CityVet Thornton

The month of March marks the annual observance of Animal Poison Prevention Month, a critical time to reflect on the safety of our furry family members within the confines of our homes. At CityVet, with over two decades of unwavering commitment to pet health and wellness, we understand the paramount importance of education and awareness in preventing accidental poisonings among pets. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Chip Cannon, CityVet has always stood at the forefront of offering exemplary, client-centered veterinary care. Today, as we serve the communities in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Denver, our dedication to your pet’s health remains stronger than ever. 

The Hidden Dangers at Home

Many common household items can pose significant risks to our pets, often items we least suspect. It’s crucial to recognize these potential poisons to prevent accidental ingestion: 

  • Human Medications: Painkillers, antidepressants, and even over-the-counter meds can be toxic to animals. 
  • Foods: Chocolate, xylitol (found in sugar-free gums), grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic are harmful to pets. 
  • Houseplants: Some plants, like lilies for cats and sago palm for dogs, can cause severe reactions. 
  • Rodenticides and Insecticides: These can be lethal even in small amounts. 
  • Household Cleaners: Cleaning agents contain chemicals that are hazardous to pets if ingested. 

Immediate Steps for Poisoning

Time is of the essence when dealing with potential poisoning. Here are immediate steps to take if you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance: 

  • Stay Calm: Your calm demeanor can help keep your pet relaxed. 
  • Identify the Poison: If possible, quickly identify what your pet has ingested. The packaging or substance itself can offer crucial information for treatment. 
  • Do Not Induce Vomiting: Unless instructed by a professional, do not attempt home remedies to induce vomiting. 
  • Contact CityVet Immediately: Reach out to a CityVet clinic near you or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for immediate advice. 

Reaching Out for Professional Help

After stabilizing your pet, reaching out for professional veterinary care is critical. Our team of veterinarian-owned practices at CityVet is equipped to handle such emergencies with promptness and precision. Our comprehensive services ensure that your pet receives the best possible care in these critical moments. 

Prevention is Key

  • Pet-Proof Your Home: Regularly inspect your home for any potential hazards and keep them out of reach. 
  • Educate Your Family: Ensure all family members are aware of what items can be dangerous to pets. 
  • Store Medications Safely: Always keep medications in secure cabinets.
  • Choose Pet-Safe Plants and Products: Opt for non-toxic options when buying plants and household products. 

As we observe Animal Poison Prevention Month, let us all commit to creating safer environments for our pets. The well-being of your furry friends is our top priority at CityVet. For more information on how to protect your pets from common household dangers or to schedule a wellness visit, please visit our Home Page. Together, we can ensure the health and happiness of our beloved pets for years to come.