Pet Care Tips from Veterinarian Charles L. Starr III

It’s a pet owner’s worst fear. A beloved animal has ingested something poisonous and the outcome is uncertain. Veterinarian Charles Starr III says pet owners can avoid this trauma, however, by taking a few precautions. Here are some suggestions from Charles L. Starr III:

When you bring your precious cargo home, says Charles L. Starr III, ask yourself “how can I pet-proof this environment?” It’s a bit of a task, acknowledges Charles L. Starr III, but it’s doable. First, where will your pet have access? The entire house or a single room or area? Perhaps Kitty will be in the kitchen while you are away. What’s on those countertops? Sugar-free gum with xylitol? Charles L. Starr III cautions, “Put it away.”

Are there macadamia nuts or grapes? How about raisins, bread dough with yeast, garlic, onions, even fatty foods? Put them up as well. And don’t forget the trashcan. It’s got chicken bones, moldy items, coffee grounds, and more. Place it in a cabinet or get one with a lid that seals tight.

Don’t let pets drink in the bathroom, urges Charles L. Starr III. Cleaners and residue may be left in the toilet, tub or sink. Plastic baggies and pill bottles are easily accessible to a crafty feline, adds Charles L. Starr III. Lock up all medications. And be careful when you use sprays or fragrances. Keep pets away at all times. Have you thought about giving your dog an aspirin? Charles L. Starr III says, “Call your veterinarian first.”

While pet owners may love plants, Charles L. Starr III warns lilies can cause kidney failure. Potpourri looks and smells nice, acknowledges Charles L. Starr III but it’s dangerous, and so are holiday poinsettias. Charles L. Starr III suggests, “Think out of reach.”

Charles L. Starr III asks, do you know where you’re storing those products that kill rodents or insects?  Are they tightly sealed or closed off? Certain toxic ingredients and products just don’t have an antidote. Also, according to Charles L. Starr III, dogs love to chew on old batteries. Antifreeze, other auto fluids, glue, and resin are also harmful. Be sure to puppy proof that garage, utility room or basement, warns Charles L. Starr III.

For home gardeners or landscapers, Charles L. Starr III explains that dogs love fertilizers containing blood or bone meals. And don’t forget insecticides that contain meataldehyde. According to Charles L. Starr III, It’s okay to spray the lawn, just keep Fido off until it’s dry.

While you may be tempted to use your dog’s flea or tick products on the cat, Charles L. Starr III says, “Don’t”.  Finally, Charles L. Starr III encourages pet owners to keep the Pet Poison Helpline handy: (800) 213-6680.


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