We all love our pet. And just like our children, we need to protect them from many hazards around the house and in the yard, which could be toxic or fatal to them.
Ornamental yard plants such as: yews, scheffleras, begonias, lilies, and rhododendrons, contain such toxicities. However, household products or drugs, accounting for approximately 75 % of all exposures, more frequently poison pets.
A human dose of a pain reliever or analgesic, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin, can poison a pet.
Household products such as insecticides, herbicides, cleaners, and fuel and petroleum products are frequently highly toxic. Garbage can also pose a threat. From decaying foods to “road kill”, serious illnesses can result. For more extensive information on this very important subject (including chocolate and Teflon toxicity) log on to the American Veterinary Medical Association at www.avma.org/ pubhlth/poisgde.asp