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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School ...
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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston. He writes often about nutrition, behavior and saving money on pet supplies and insurance.
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This knowledge about poison can save your pet's life
An upset stomach, drooling, sleepiness. Your dog or cat probably just ate something that just needs to let it run its course, you might assume. But those are also classic signs of poisoning and your pet may instead be struggling for its life.
Your ability to know the difference between a harmless upset stomach and an accidental poisoning that needs immediate attention is probably the single most important factor that will determine your pet's chances of survival, a leading dog behaviorist says.
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“Since dogs, especially young dogs, are naturally curious creatures, it is important that we know and remain vigilant about potential poisons that our snooping pooches may find and ingest,” Liam Crowe, a dog behavioral therapist with Barkbusters USA of Colorado, states in a media release. “Just because something is safe for people to ingest, doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe for our canine companions to also eat."
According to Barkbusters, symptoms that a pet has ingested a poisonous substance include: Vomiting/upset stomach; labored or shallow breathing; drooling; increased or decreased heart rate; fever; hyperactivity or lethargy; increased thirst or lack of thirst or hunger; dilated pupils; stumbling or staggering; seizures or tremors and loss of consciousness.
Ways to help dogs avoid toxic materials include:
Human foods that are toxic to dogs include chocolate, avocado, onions and garlic, raisins and grapes, alcoholic drinks, beverages with caffeine, Macadamia nuts, and chewing gum with Xylitol, Bark Busters says. Many indoor and outdoor plants also are poisonous to pets. Other toxins found outside include mushrooms and garden mulch.
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Inside a home, dog parents should be careful when using household cleaners because fumes can be noxious, Bark Busters says. Heavy metals such as lead found in paint chips and linoleum also pose hazards.
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