The relief of spring in the Midwest is something that is appreciated by humans and their furry companions alike. The emergence of spring from a long winter means longer walks, and more time spent in the outdoors. However, beneath the thawing earth lurks the dormant roots of plants known to be fatal to your pet. Spring is the time when problematic plants begin to reappear in the Midwest and we begin to spend increasing time outdoors with our canine companions. It is vital to your animal’s health that you know the sources and remains vigilant to their presence.
- Unsecured garbage cans can be hazardous to curious animals; many fruit pits and seeds contain small amounts of cyanide, and discarded chocolate can cause serious health risks for your animal.
- Pest control (rat poison)
- Toxic plants:
- Water Hemlock
- Apple Seeds
- Western Yew
It’s important that you inspect your animal’s turnout area and keep your eye on them during their outdoor time. Some other things you can do to be prepared are;
- Keep your veterinarian’s number programmed on your phone for emergencies and contact them if you think your animal may have gotten into something hazardous.
- If you have any suspicion that your animal has ingested something poisonous, don’t hesitate. Treatment that is delayed has the potential to come too late.
- Use certified bait stations when using rodenticides in your home and never use them in rooms where your animal spends time unsupervised.
- Keep your animal on a leash or in a fenced in yard and don’t allow them to scavenge on walks.
- If you happen to notice a toxic plant growing in your yard be sure to remove it promptly.
What to do
- Remove your animal from the area where they came in contact with the poisonous item and secure them in an area where they are unable to reach it again.
- Contact your veterinarian and follow the advice they give you.
- Continue to monitor your animal’s behavior however, don’t wait until your animal becomes symptomatic. The prognosis will be more positive if you seek help immediately.