Overview of Common Household Poisons Affecting Dogs
As something to drink, window cleaner holds no appeal for most people. For you, the product’s value is simply the way it cleans your dog’s nose prints off the windows. However, your dog has the hard-wired philosophy of “nothing ventured, nothing gained” – and poisons himself tasting the liquid.
Household cleaning solutions are one of the five most common causes of pet poisoning in the home, according to the Animal Poison Hotline. APH is a 24-hour hotline available year round to pet owners and pet caregivers who are concerned about their pet’s well being after ingesting an unknown or toxic substance.
Dogs are famous for their frisky and inquisitive nature, which often leads them to consume harmful items. Unfortunately, the average household contains many potentially dangerous substances that your dog can get into.
Many hazards are seasonal, explains Dr. Lynn Hovda, RPh, DVM, DACVIM. For instance, antifreeze toxicities often rise during winter because people change their antifreeze mixture. Dogs are attracted to the smell and taste of antifreeze, which is deadly. During spring and summer, dogs are at higher risk to consume commonly used lawn care products such as fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides.
To educate people on the most common toxic substances dogs consume, APH has compiled the top five, ranking from the greatest number of exposures to the least number of exposures. They are:
If you suspect a poisoning, call your veterinarian or clinic immediately with the following information ready:
To learn more about poisoning and what to do, see the related story “Poisoning – What You Should Know.”