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Safeguard Your Canine During National Poison Prevention Week

Poison is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. National Poison Prevention Week, the third week of March, was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to educate people on the dangers of poisoning. Much like humans, canine poisoning happens much more often than we realize. As dog parents, educating ourselves and safeguarding our dogs from poison-related injuries is essential. 

Canine Safety: How to Protect Your Pets

Our dogs have minds of their own. With a sense of smell up to 100,000 times stronger than our own, dogs often find themselves in some sticky situations. Without realizing it, their curiosity can put their lives at risk. Here are a few ways we can ensure canine safety within your home.

Dog Proof Your Trash Can

To us, the trash can is filled with unpleasant smells. To dogs, the garbage is filled with possible snacks. While dogs are considered to have a more resilient stomach than us, one poor choice can land your pup in the hospital. 

As dog parents, investing in a sturdy garbage can that closes tightly at the top is important. There are also scent-proof trash options, taking away some of the incentive for your dog to investigate. PetGuard trash cans were specifically designed to keep your pets safe, for example.

Hide All Potentially Hazardous Household Substances

Unfortunately, many dogs choose to put things in their mouths without question. With certain items and substances, this can be dangerous. Some substances are particularly dangerous to dogs. Be sure to lock them in a drawer or room your dog cannot access. 

Here are some substances you should keep far away from your dog at all times:

  • Fabric softener sheets and detergent 
  • Fertilizer for the lawn
  • Over-the-counter medications 
  • Chocolate
  • Bait designed for a mouse and mouse traps
  • Lilies
  • Aloe vera
  • Bleach and other household cleaners
  • Mothballs
  • Alcohol

Canine Safety Systems: What to Do If Your Dog Is Poisoned

In an emergency, it’s crucial to have canine safety systems in place. Call an emergency veterinarian immediately if you believe your dog has been poisoned. Do not take any of the following steps without a veterinarian's instructions:

  • You may be asked to give your dog certain counteractive substances, fluids, or medicine
  • You may be asked to induce vomiting in your pet
  • You may be asked to take your dog to the emergency room immediately

If a veterinarian is unavailable, contact the animal poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435.

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