Keeping our pets safe is a year-round job, with emphasis on holidays and special occasions. Pets chew up and eat things humans never would think of consuming. Sometimes we unknowingly give our pets human foods or medications that are deadly poison.
We love taking our pets with us - across town or on a vacation - but caution is advised: temperature (and humidity) extremes may be dangerous or deadly to our pets.
This page is the safety tip archive covering several sub-categories of pet safety topics... and tips. Got a pet safety tip? Read what others have to say and share your own pet safety tips!
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Veterinary Q & A: Poisonings in PetsPoisons can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. Poisonings can mimic many things. Some poisons act immediately, some take days to appear, potentially making diagnosis difficult. Familiarize yourself with potential signs of poisoning here. As always, if your pet is sick or "not quite normal" please call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
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Icky (and Poisonous) Things Pets EatThis range of this topic is almost endless, as pets have (and will) eat almost anything. Sometimes it is the food we unknowingly give them - either recalled pet food, human foods that are toxic to pets, or medications intended for humans. Other times, they find rat bait, stray strings and socks or other household items that leave us scratching our heads and asking why.
Learn about foods to avoid, toxins, inedible item ingestion, and other potential pet food safety hazards here.
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8 Common Household PoisonsThe average home contains many possible poisons for pets and children. Properly storing and locking up hazardous items is the first step to preventing accidental poisonings. An additional thing to remember for pet owners is the ability of many pets to chew through child locking caps and "safe" containers. Here is a list, in no particular order, of some common toxins to be aware of to protect accidental ingestion by your pet (or children).
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10 Pet Poison Prevention TipsKeep your pet safe by being aware of these common poisons and toxic foods around your house and yard. Pets are unpredictable - prevention is the key to a safe environment for pets (and children).Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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What should I do if I suspect a poisoning in my pet?Poisons can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. Poisonings can mimic many things. Some poisons act immediately, some take days to appear, which can make diagnosis difficult. If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, time is of the essence! Please call your veterinarian immediately to avoid further injury/damage to your pet.
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Reflective collars and coats for petsBe seen and stay safe. This pet safety tip is good for Halloween and all year-round, especially the dark days of winter.
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Case Report: Joey the going-bald-dog
Guest author Richard Young DVM, ABVP shares this interesting case report of Joey, a deaf terrier mix who was losing his hair. It was a very symmetrical pattern of baldness (alopecia) in an otherwise very healthy dog. This is a very interesting case of 'toxicity' resulting in hair loss.
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Cats are known for wanting to seek out warm and cozy places to curl up in. Unknown to many people, the clothes dryer is one of those places, often ending up in injury or death. I have seen this firsthand in practice, and it is heartbreaking. It is always an unknown mistake by busy people doing laundry. The shock, grief and guilt are horrible.
I warn people whenever I can about this very real danger. Despite my best efforts, this happened in my house.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
09 of 16Skunks normally mind their own business, but sometimes they are provoked to spray by an unsuspecting curious pet. What do they spray, why do they spray, and how do you get rid of the odor are common questions answered here. Also, is the spray toxic? Find out what you need to do for post-skunk first aid for your pets to be safe.
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Summer Pet Safety TipsSummertime and the living is easy. A nice thought and often true, but not usually without some foresight and planning where pets are concerned. Humans can change into cooler clothes, get inside for the air conditioned coolness and pack a water bottle to stay hydrated. Pets have a harder time of it when the temperatures soar. Learn about the dangers of summer heat, thunderstorm and fireworks phobias, water safety and more in this summertime safety tip archive.
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Winter Pet Safety TipsCold weather poses special risks for pets, such as running out of water (frozen over) and increased pain from arthritis. Winter dangers aren't just about the cold temperatures. Learn about other potential hazards seen in winter such as antifreeze and deicer toxicity, and get tips on how to be pet-prepared for winter storms and power outages.
12 of 16Pets (and children) may find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and chewing tobacco and decide to give them a taste test. Especially curious puppies. All of these tobacco products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts. This quick tips is to alert people of this danger and a reminder to dispose of these products safely away from pets.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
13 of 16Barley, a 1 year old male neutered Labrador, was bored. His owner, Sally Haddock DVM and her husband, had gone out to dinner. Not one to be bored for long, Barley entertained himself by chewing on a tube of medication left out on the coffee table.
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Tongue Tip: Turn off paper shredder auto-run settingCurious pets and auto-run paper shredding machines are a dangerous mix, and pet tongues getting caught in shredders is a messy emergency. This type of story surfaces every so often in the news and is not an urban legend; pets and small children really do get injured by these machines.
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Puppy Safety Alert: Dangerous Baby GatePuppies and babies - sometimes hard to tell who is harder to keep track of. Having "experienced" both, I'd say puppies! We do our best to plan ahead, think of every possible situation before it happens, and endeavor to keep them safe. However, even in the best of circumstances, accidents can happen.
16 of 16For many animals in the United States southwest (Arizona), the sting of a scorpion is similar to an insect sting, with pain and swelling at the site. From human reports the pain can be intense (varies with the location of the sting) and numbness may also be experienced.
Most animals recover without a problem. Some animals, however, will have a more severe reaction, showing signs of neurologic, cardiovascular and pulmonary collapse.