87-vetPoison control for pets is a serious matter for pet owners in Richmond, Texas. At Brazos Bend Animal Hospital, we strive to educate all pet owners of our community about the dangers of toxic substances, what you can do to avoid poison in animals and what you should do in the event that your pet ingests something harmful.

Hazardous Substances Can Be Found Throughout the Household
Your home is likely full of substances that can be toxic to pets. Here are a few examples of items that are toxic to either cats, dogs or both:

  • Antifreeze. Antifreeze is found in many garages and work rooms all around Richmond. Antifreeze is a sweet substance that tastes good to dogs and cats, but it’s also a deadly poison. To avoid problems, you can either put antifreeze up and out of the reach of your pets, or buy the pet-safe antifreeze, which may make your pet sick but should not be lethal to your pet.
  • Chocolate. Chocolate is poisonous to both dogs and cats. The amount of chocolate that could be lethal for your pet depends on the size and weight of your pet. Baker’s chocolate is more hazardous than other kinds of chocolate.
  • Pesticides and insecticides. These toxic substances are a hazard because they are commonly found in sheds and garages, where outdoor pets may be kept during very cold weather.
  • Medications. Many human medications are dangerous or deadly for pets that ingest them. Keeping your medications securely protected inside your medicine cabinet can help. It also helps to throw away old medications that are expired and no longer being used.

Poison Treatment May Save Your Pet’s Life
You may plan to keep your toxic substances up and out of reach of your pet, but accidents can still happen. We recommend the following tips to keep your pet safe:

  • Keep the phone number for your pet’s veterinarian prominently displayed in your home. Put the phone number up on your refrigerator or somewhere else obvious, where visitors and members of your household can easily find it.
  • Do not do anything until a veterinary expert tells you how to proceed. Inducing vomiting or taking medical action on a pet who you think may have ingested a toxic substance could do more harm than good. Call your pet’s veterinarian and describe the symptoms. Your pet’s vet can tell you what to do.

Contact Brazos Bend Animal Hospital
At Brazos Bend Animal Hospital, our poison prevention for pets can help save pets lives. If you live in Richmond, Texas and are a proud pet owner, be sure to put our phone number on your refrigerator. If your pet ingests something harmful or toxic, we will make sure your pet gets the necessary treatment. Call us today at (281) 342-1117 to find out more.