Preventing Your Pet from Being Poisoned

Because pets are often unsupervised, they are especially vulnerable to poisons. Just as you need to “child-proof” your homes for your children, you need to “pet-proof” your house, garage and yard to keep your pets safe. 

The first step is to know what items you have that could be dangerous to your pet. Keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Any product that is harmful for humans will also be unsafe for pets. 

  • There are also many substances that are not harmful to humans, but which can be fatal for your pet. All of these items must be properly stored in appropriate containers and placed in a location that is inaccessible to your pet. 

  • Although you may not be able to supervise your pets every minute of the day, frequently checking where your pet is and what he or she is doing will increase the chances of safety.

  • You may like to think that your pets are well-trained and would never get into unsafe items. However, even the most highly trained pets can become bored or curious and get into poisonous products.

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