DANGERS IN THE HOME TO AVOID
“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”
Our homes can be a minefield of poisons for our pets. Dogs tend to get into trouble more often than cats because they are indiscriminate about what they eat, e.g. Xylitol is a natural sweetener used in sugar-free products, including gum, mints, ice cream, and a variety of foods made for diabetics. Dogs metabolize xylitol differently than people. It causes a sudden drop in blood sugar, which results in seizures, tremors, weakness, and collapse.
Human medications are the top threat to dogs. A child-resistant container is not dog-resistant.
Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are all potentially fatal to your pets. Store anything toxic in a place where your pet cannot get at it.
If you ever suspect your pet has gotten into something dangerous — act quickly. Don’t wait for symptoms to develop; they can take a while.
- Call the Veterinary Hospital to report your pet has eaten a known compound
- Bring the package to the Veterinary Hospital
- Remove your pet from source of poison (pen up, wash, prevent grooming)
- Induce vomiting as soon as possible if poison swallowed but NOT if corrosive or ingested more than 4 hours ago
- Give demulcents (especially if corrosive poisoning)
- Bring your pet to the veterinary hospital immediately
Some of the common items that are poisonous to pets are:-
- Human Medications
- Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it’s essential to keep meds tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets.
- One of the most common incidents involved the misuse of flea and tick products—such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species.
- People Food
- People food like grapes, raisins, avocado and certain citrus fruit can seriously harm pets. Chocolate—contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.
- Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestions can lead to potentially life-threatening problems for pets, including bleeding, seizures and kidney damage.
- Veterinary Medications
- Even though veterinary medications are intended for pets, they’re often misapplied or improperly dispensed by well-meaning pet parents.
- Common houseplants such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are often found in homes and can be harmful to pets. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.
- Chemical Hazards
- Chemical hazards such as antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals are a substantial danger to pets. They can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.
- Household Cleaners
- These products, when inhaled, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract.
- Heavy Metals
- Lead is especially pernicious, and pets are exposed to it through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum, and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.
Some of the other substances that can be harmful to pets are:
- Causes intoxication, gastrointestinal irritation, respiratory distress, coma and death
- Contains Ethylene Glycol. Can cause neurological signs, anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures. Can lead to kidney disease
- Contains a toxin called persin - found in all parts of the avocado. Causes gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart and death.
- Castor Bean
- Contains a toxic protein called Ricin. Can cause abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, thirst, weakness, loss of appetite, dehydration, twitching, seizures, coma and death.
- Chocolate and coffee
- Contains theobromine and caffeine. These chemical acts as a diuretic and cardiac stimulant, loss of body fluid, vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and dangerous effects on the heart.
- Cooked Bones
- Cooked bones can splinter and cause an obstruction along the gut.
- Lead (paint, batteries, sinkers, pipes)
- Gut irritation - vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, anorexia, neurological signs- seizures, weakness, circling, head pressing, and spasms.
- Highly toxic especially to cats. Ingestion of small amounts can result in kidney damage
- Macadamia Nuts
- Can cause tremors, muscle weakness or paralysis
- Can result in Central Nervous System signs (eg in coordination, seizures, coma) as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, drooling
- Milk and Other Dairy Products
- Can cause diarrhoea, most dogs and cats are lactose intolerant
- Mouldy Foods
- Can contain a wide variety of toxins
- All parts are toxic - contain cardiac glycosides. Can cause gut irritation, heart problems, hypothermia and even death
- Onions and Garlic
- Contain thiosulphate. Onions are more of a danger. Develop haemolytic anaemia - the pet’s red blood cells burst while circulating in its body.
- Painkillers /Aspirin/Cold medicine/Vitamins/Iron
- Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory medications. Can cause liver, kidney and gut damage. Can see vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, blood in urine / faeces, dehydration and pallor. Don’t give human vitamins to your pets
- Rat/Mouse Bait
- Contain anticoagulants - stops blood clotting properly. Potentially fatal. Can see depression, weakness, pallor, blood in urine or faeces, bruises, prolonged bleeding
- Can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, central nervous system depression, coma and death.
- Sago Palm
- All parts are poisonous, but the seeds contain the most toxin. Ingestion of a seed can cause serious effects; vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, depression, liver failure
- Large quantities can cause an electrolyte imbalance
- Snail Bait
- Contains Metaldehyde or Methiocarb. Can cause weakness, tremors, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, seizures and possibly death
- Especially in cats, can become lodged and twisted in the intestines, causing obstructions
- Can cause gut irritation, loss of appetite, drooling, convulsion, central nervous system depression and hear problems
- Xylitol sweetened products
- A sweetener, can cause sudden drop in blood glucose, resulting in depression, in coordination and seizures.
- Yeast Dough
- When ingested it can expand in the stomach causing bloat. May cause rupture of gut/stomach.
In the event that your pet is showing signs of discomfort or is not its usual self we do recommended that your present your pet to us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.
We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.
You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.
Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-
- We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
- We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
- We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
- If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
- We also do house calls.
- Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
- We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
- We also provide pet grooming services
- We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
- We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
- We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au
If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au
Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.