Pet Poison Prevention Month is observed annually in March. It's a time to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonous substances for pets and to take steps to prevent accidental poisonings.
There are many household items and common foods that can be toxic to pets, such as chocolate, xylitol (a sugar substitute found in many sugar-free products), certain medications, and cleaning products. It's important to keep these items out of reach of pets and to store them securely in a cabinet or closet.
Other potential hazards include plants that are poisonous to pets, such as lilies, azaleas, and ivy, as well as certain types of pest control products and automotive fluids.
To prevent accidental poisonings, pet owners should take the following steps:
Keep all potentially toxic substances out of reach of pets, including household cleaners, medications, and foods that are harmful to pets.
Be aware of which plants are toxic to pets and remove them from your home if necessary.
Store automotive fluids and pest control products securely in a garage or shed, away from pets.
Keep the phone number of a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic handy in case of an accidental poisoning.
Regularly inspect your home and yard for potential hazards and address them promptly.
By taking these simple steps, pet owners can help keep their furry friends safe and healthy, not just during Pet Poison Prevention Month but year-round.