Keep Your Pets Safe from Drugs
Author, Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
As an adult, chances are you’ve thought about how the use of drugs can impact your health and the health of your family members and friends, but have you ever considered how they can affect your pets? Certainly you would never cause intentional harm to your furry family member, but careless use or storage of medications can lead to serious illness or injury to your precious pet. So, what can you as a devoted pet parent do to guarantee your pet is as happy and healthy as can be, safe from the dangers of drugs?
- Store all prescription and over-the-counter medications in a secure space that is out of paw’s reach.
The number one best way to ensure your pets can’t get access to your medications is by keeping them far out of paw’s reach. Even medication that has been prescribed specifically for your pet can cause harm to him if taken in excess. Also, consider how accessible medications are to any children in your household in an effort to avoid the possibility of a child giving your pet a “treat” that can lead to potential danger.
- Think before you throw away any medication.
Some pets have a habit of rummaging through the trash, so think twice before you toss any unused / unwanted medication in the trach can. Flush it down the toilet, or simply ensure your trash can is kept in a secure place, such as a closed pantry or cabinet, in order to avoid any opportunity for your pet to access it.
- Don’t subject your pet to second-hand smoke.
We all know now that second-hand smoke is deadly! If you’re a smoker, you may think your habit has no effect on your pets, but it most certainly does! Consider this ~ your pet is essentially trapped inside your home, forced to breath in the smoke you produce. And doing so can result in cancer. Secondhand smoke has been linked to lymphoma and oral cancer in cats, nasal and lung cancer in dogs, and lung cancer in birds. It is believed that cats are more susceptible to a cancer diagnosis due to their grooming habits. If you want to protect your pet from potential harm, strongly consider smoking outside only or, better yet, quit smoking all together (we know, it’s easier said than done!).
- Prioritize your pets’ well-being.
Unfortunately, your pet cannot tell you how you can best protect him, so it’s up to you, as a concerned pet parent, to consider his health and well-being at all times. Death or serious injury due to a pet parent’s carelessness is avoidable, if you make the effort to educate yourself and put in place a few common sense protections. Do all you can to avoid any unnecessary visits to the veterinarian, or worse.
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