Anyhow, it's National Poison Prevention Week here in the states. The ASPCA runs a 24 hour poison control center out of Illinois and provides a wealth of information about veterinary toxins. According to their website, the most common household hazards include human medications such as painkillers and antidepressants, insecticides, rat and mouse poisons, certain varieties of houseplants, heavy metals in the form of paint chips, linoleum, and lead, chemicals like antifreeze, paint thinner, etc., household cleaners, fertilizer, and human foods such as grapes, raisins, avocados, chocolate, and macadamia nuts.
Take it from me: there's nothing worse than a poisoned dog. After Dewey's chocolate truffle binge last December, I have been extra vigilant about keeping toxic substances out of reach. Even something as seemingly innocuous as an onion can make your pooch sick. I learned this the hard way when I once gave Greta some avocado and she had an allergic reaction - poor girl. These days, I often consult the ASPCA website to double check a food that I'm unsure about, and their poison control hotline is one number that all pet guardians should have handy:
Although a $60.00 consultation fee is usually charged, it's nice just to that there's a 24-hour resource for emergencies. Another good tip is keep some hydrogen peroxide handy. If your dog ingests something toxic, you can administer a small amount to induce vomiting. It's also a good idea to have Benadryl on hand for allergic reactions that your pup may have (be sure to consult your veterinarian first, though, about proper dosage). In the end, prevention is key!