Saturday, November 14, 2020

Is Danger Lurking In Your Garage?

Here’s something to consider, especially if you have recently brought home a new pet. Your garage could contain a lot of toxic hazards to pets!  Our rescue dog Legend was very tall and when we first brought him home, he managed to reach up to a shelf in the garage and knocked over what he thought was food but was actually a tomato-shaped fertilizer container. We fortunately heard the racket and found him just about to gobble it up.  Fertilizer can be toxic to dogs.  Why would dogs want to eat fertilizer? Well....we know some dogs will eat anything.  But, dogs might be especially attracted to fertilizer due to its organic components like bone meal or blood meal which can smell like food.  Additionally, some fertilizers contain salts that might be appealing to dogs. Even though the dog may want to eat these,  ingestion can be harmful and can causing gastrointestinal upset and/or poisoning.

Dogs are also attracted to rat poison, glue and sadly antifreeze. Antifreeze is a liquid added to a vehicle's cooling system to prevent the engine coolant from freezing in cold temperatures and overheating in hot conditions. It typically contains ethylene glycol, a toxic substance that is sweet-tasting and appealing to pets like dogs. Unfortunately, ingestion of even small amounts of antifreeze can be fatal to animals due to its toxicity, causing severe kidney damage and other serious health issues. To protect pets, store antifreeze securely out of reach, check vehicles for leaks, clean up spills promptly, and consider using pet-safe alternatives.  Even just a small leak or spill could be awfully appetizing for a pet to lap up.  Antifreeze is usually brightly colored, often green, yellow, pink, or blue, making it easily identifiable.

Fertilizer, antifreeze, automotive Products, cleaners, pesticides (especially rat poison) and glue should be kept in a locked cabinet where a cat or dog can't manage to get into. If you think your pet has ingested any of these items, please contact your vet or pet poison control helpline right away. Every second counts. For more pet health tips click here to visit Ask Ariel