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How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Poisons 

At Rose City Animal Clinic, we believe in the well-being and safety of your beloved pets. That’s why we’re highlighting Poison Prevention Week, an important time to raise awareness about the potential dangers lurking in our homes and surroundings that can harm our furry friends. From everyday household items to seemingly harmless plants, being vigilant and educated is crucial to keeping your pets safe from toxic substances.

The Gummy Trap

In recent years, the popularity of gummies, especially those infused with cannabis or other substances, has surged. Many of these gummies contain a sugar substitute that’s highly toxic to dogs and cats. Ingesting even small amounts of xylitol can lead to severe health complications, including hypoglycemia and liver failure in pets.

Make sure to store all gummies securely out of your pets’ reach and to dispose of them safely to prevent accidental ingestion. If you do believe that your pet has ingested something with cannabis in it, just let us know. If you keep it from us,  know that it will make things more difficult for your pet in the long-run. We’re not interested in judging you, we just want to make sure your pet is healthy and safe. 

Mouse Poison

Many households use mouse poison. But, mouse poison contains toxic chemicals that can pose a serious risk to pets if ingested. Common ingredients in mouse poison include anticoagulants, which work by causing uncontrolled bleeding in rodents but can have the same effect on pets if consumed.

Pets may be attracted to the smell or taste of mouse poison pellets or baits, so make sure they are secured in a place where your pets can’t access them! Symptoms of mouse poison toxicity in pets may include weakness, lethargy, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, and pale gums. If you suspect your pet has ingested mouse poison, immediately call us to prevent any future issues.

Poisonous Plants

Did you know that both indoor and outdoor plants can be very toxic to your pet? Lilies, eucalyptus, tulips, spider plants, and aloe plants are some of the common plants and flowers that are especially dangerous. Toxic plants can cause a range of symptoms in your furry friends, such as gastrointestinal upset, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and even organ failure.

To prevent pet toxicity, make sure you know what plants are toxic, and keep them out of reach. 

If you have concerns about pet toxicity or need assistance with poison prevention, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to providing guidance, support, and veterinary care to ensure the well-being of your beloved pets.


March 27, 2024

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