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Pet Poison Prevention Tips

Spare change sitting in your cup holder. Your morning vitamins on the counter. Spilled cleaner in the garage. Rodent bait waiting for its target in the backyard.

sick dog with thermometer

To us, these things seem so common… but to our pets, naturally curious as they are, these items are something new to explore. New to taste.

These common household products and plants can also be deadly.

March is National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, established to raise awareness and prevent injury in pets.

Here at First Coast No More Homeless Pets, however, we realize the issue of pet poison prevention isn’t isolated to March, as our veterinarians treat cats and dogs throughout the year who have ingested products or plants they shouldn’t.

Let’s take this month to examine some common household foods, products and plants that can be toxic to our furry friends.

Common Foods That Are Dangerous for Your Pet

  • Alcohol
  • Bones
  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Coffee
  • Onions and garlic
  • Yeast dough
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)

Common Household Items Dangerous for Your Pet

  • OTC and prescription medications
  • Household cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Rat and mouse bait
  • Essential oils
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Toilet cleaner tables
  • Batteries, toys and other easily edible odds and ends

Common Plants That Are Dangerous for Your pet

  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Cacti
  • Azaleas
  • Ivies
  • Sago Palms
  • Marijuana
  • Tulips

If you think your pet has eaten something poisonous, contact your veterinarian immediately. You can reach us by calling 904-425-0005 or call the Pet Poison Hotline at (855) 764-7661.

While we do have an online appointment scheduling tool, it is important to note that you should NOT use this in an emergency situation. To see our hours of operation and locations, click here.

Do not try to induce vomiting on your pet unless instructed to do so by a professional. If after hours, go to an emergency clinic as soon as possible.

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