It’s National Pet Poison Prevention Month, and author and pet expert Laura Vorreyer shared some tips for pet parents with Debbie Mazella!

Here’s a sample of some of the topics that were covered:

  • 1.

    Be aware of the plants you have in your home and yard. Ingesting azalea, oleander, or Easter Lily’s can be fatal to domestic animals!

  • 2.

    Never allow your pets to have access to the areas where cleaning products are being used or stored.  Some may only cause mild stomach upset, most can cause burns of the tongue, mouth and stomach.

  • 3.

    Never give your animals medication unless you are directed to do so by a veterinarian. Many medications that are safe for humans can be deadly for animals!  One extra strength (500mg) acetaminophen tablet could be fatal to a cat, and one 200mg ibuprofen tablet could cause stomach ulcers in a small dog.

  • 4.

    Before buying a flea or tick product, consult your veterinarian, especially when treating sick or pregnant animals. If you’re uncertain about the proper usage of any product, contact the manufacturer and/or your veterinarian for instructions.

  • 5.

    Make sure your pets do not go on lawns or in gardens treated with fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides until they have dried completely.