Dog Poison Control 101: Silent Killers Lurking in Your Home

Every year the American Poison Control Center handles over 100,000 pet poisoning cases and many of these revolve around common products in your own home. While you may think your home is the safest place for your four- legged friend, think again.

Our homes are full of products that can be deadly to our doggy friends. Household cleaning products in particular are the fifth leading cause of poisoning in dogs. They contain toxins that make your dog sick and can lead to rashes, upset stomachs, nausea, and even death.

Here are some silent killers that may be lurking in your home.

Alkaline-based Products

Cleaners with high acid and alkaline levels are the most dangerous to dogs and include common products such as drain cleaners, rust removers, and calcium or lime removers. Even if they are labelled as natural products, they can still cause severe reactions in dogs and should either be removed from your household or kept in a place where Fido can't get to them. You also need to be cautious of where you spray the product as the cleaners can linger in your house and be ingested by your dog.

Chlorine Products

Many household cleaners such as disinfectants, toilet boil cleaners and dish detergent have levels of chlorine that can be poisonous to your dog. They can cause a reaction from dizziness all the way up to laryngeal ederma. Make sure they stay out of reach of your dog and be cautious about letting your dog swim in pools.

Ammonia Products

Used in many degreasers for ovens, glass and stainless steel, ammonia has a very high level of volatile organic compounds. Even when these products are closed and kept away from dogs, they can leave behind vapors that are

extremely poisonous. Ammonia-based products can burn the mucous membranes in your dog's nose and also lead to asthma. If mixed with bleach, it can release a gas that can be deadly to small dogs.

Household Plants

Although many household plants clean the air for us humans, some can be toxic to our doggy roommates. Some of these plants include azaleas, daffodil, mistletoes, oleander, tulips, and poinsettias. In dogs, they cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death and should be kept away from your home.

If you suspect that your dog has been exposed to any of these harmful toxins, take him to the veterinarian immediately. Take note of whatever product you believe is poisoning your dog to help the vet reach a better diagnosis, and be sure that you're there for Fido when he needs you the most.

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