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Springtime Poison Control For Dogs

Springtime Poison Control for Dogs

Weather is warming up and you and your pooch are finally able to take your adventures outdoors. Before you let your dog roam outside, take note of these five poisonous hazards that may be waiting.$500$

1. Cocoa Bean Mulch

A byproduct of chocolate production, Cocoa Bean Mulch is often used in home landscaping. Due to its cocoa base, this mulch contains methyl xanthine, which is poisonous to dogs when ingested in high quantities. Unfortunately, this chemical also gives this mulch its sweet smell. To help cut down on the temptation, douse cocoa bean mulch with water after it’s been laid in your beds. The water will help suppress the tempting scent.


Symptoms vary by dosage but include: vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, racing heart rate and seizures (only in high doses). If you see any of these symptoms and you have reason to believe your pooch has ingested this sweet-smelling poison, go ahead and play it safe with a trip to the vet.


2. Lawn & Garden Chemicals 

These items are fairly standard. If it’s not good for you, it’s definitely not good for your dog. Plant food, such as bone meal and blood meal, are commonplace in the garden but should be kept out of reach of canines. Fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides all contain traces of iron, disulfoton and organophosphates, which are extremely poisonous to dogs. Be sure and read the label. If one of the above is the very first ingredient, try another option, as the first ingredient in these chemicals is often the most concentrated of the mix.


Dog poisoning symptoms related to the ingestion of chemicals include: Salvation, lacrimation, urination and defecation, as well as, seizures and difficulty breathing. If you see your pup ingesting any type of lawn or garden chemical do not wait for poisoning symptoms appear. Get your pal to the vet immediately!


3. Traps & Poisons

We get it, no one likes mice poking around the house. But it’s important that dog owners are conscious of which types of pest control you use around the house. A mousetrap is bound to do some damage on your pup’s nose, but poisons are often overlooked and the most deadly. If you don’t like using poisons, we do know of a particular dog breed that is known for hunting them in their spare time.


The most toxic rodenticides include: Long-acting anticoagulants (LAACs), Vitamin D3, Bromethalin and Phosphide-based. While doses of these chemicals are concentrated for the removal of mice and rats, their poisons can inflict the same damage on your dogs if they ingest them. It’s important to note that your dog can also get secondary sickness from ingesting the animals that ingested the poison. A few good rules of thumb include: reading the labels on all rodenticides, keep any traps and poisons that are not being used out of your dog’s reach, and check traps and poison application areas regularly.


Symptoms of poisoning include: indigestion, kidney failure, walking drunk, bloody urine, vomiting, coughing, weakness, and exercise intolerance. Poisoning from rodenticide is often treatable, but gets increasingly expensive with time. Take your dog in immediate if you suspect they have eating something these shouldn’t!


4. Cleaning & Auto Supplies

You’ve probably already locked these away from your kids so go ahead and keep them secure for your dog as well. Products that contain ethylene glycol (paint products, antifreeze, etc.) are extremely hazardous to your four-legged friends. When possible, substitute these products for ones that have propylene glycol as a primary ingredient instead. Its toxicity is much lower.


Symptoms of dog poisoning from ethylene glycol come in two phases. The first phase includes: disorientation, incoordination and a groggy disposition. The second: vomiting, kidney failure, coma and death. For dogs exposed to this toxin, early treatment – specifically within the first few hours – is critical. Get them to the veterinarian ASAP.


5. Miscellaneous Flowers & Plants

Unfortunately, not all of Mother Nature’s wonders are safe for dogs to ingest. Some of the most common poisonous plants include: Lilies, Tulips, Azalea, Castor Bean, Apples, Blueberries, Mushrooms and Yews.