Springtime Pet Poison Awareness

19th April 2023
Awareness Days
Pet Poisoning

We’ve finally made it to spring! The weather is warming up and the flowers are starting to bloom, but that means we’re heading towards a key season for pet poison awareness and a challenging time for pet owners to ensure they’ve pet-proofed their homes and gardens.

There are numerous potential hazards that pets could encounter on their daily walks or even in their owner’s back gardens:

  • Plant bulbs – many bulbs can be toxic to pets if chewed or eaten, including tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths.
  • Lilies – any part of the lily plant can cause kidney failure in cats.
  • Fertilisers and weed killers – can be hazardous.
  • Slug pellets – those containing metaldehyde are extremely toxic.

And of course, Easter means lots of delicious chocolate and sweet treats for us humans to enjoy, not so good for our furry friends though:

  • Chocolate – a common pet poison, the higher the cocoa content the more danger it poses!
  • Raisins, currants, and sultanas – found in Easter treats such as hot cross buns, can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Xylitol – the sweetener can be found in many confectionery items and causes a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels in dogs.

A key product for you to have in stock just in case:

Select Healthcare Probiotic Digestive Paste for Cats & Dogs
A multi-ingredient advanced formula with montmorillonite, pre and probiotics to help quickly restore normal digestive function and firm stools. Available in a convenient oral syringe for easy application.