Spring can be dangerous for your pet's health

The Humane Society of Missouri wants to make sure your pet isn't poisoned

Maria Keena
March 05, 2019 - 3:40 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Eventually, it will be Spring, and that means cleaning.

It also means its time for the Humane Society of Missouri to remind us to keep cleaning chemicals away from your pet, as this is Poison Prevention Month.

Doctor Travis Arndt is the Medical Director for Animal Med Center of Mid-America.

"Many household cleaners contain harsh chemicals like toilet and drain cleaners, which can cause chemical burns and irritations to our pets."

Arndt says human foods should be avoided.

"Nuts, grapes, raisins, chocolate, salty foods, undercooked and uncooked meat and bones can be detrimental to our pets' health."

If you want to share your food, try peanut butter, carrots, apple slices, oatmeal, pumpkin and cooked chicken.

Rodents can also be a hazard for pets.

"Be really careful about the types of things you use to get rid of (rodents)," Arndt tells KMOX's Maria Keena. "There's a couple types of poisons on the market that can either cause internal bleeding or affect the nervous system and even cause seizures."

Arndt also warns you to keep human medications away from your pets.

"Make sure you keep them up high, either off counters or in medicine cabinets, where the pets can't get at them. Be careful about storing medications in non-pill containers. Some will put them in plastic bags or Tupperware containers, which can be easily chewed through."

If your furry loved one does ingest something harmful, there's a hotline. It's the ASPCA poison control center: 888-426-4435.