Common Things That Endanger Your Pet

Your pet is a cherished member of your household, and a crucial part of your family. You want to do everything you can to take care of your furry pal, so he or she lives a long, healthy life. A proper diet, regular veterinary care, and lots of playtime are all important to your pet’s health and well-being. But did you know that many household items, and even some day-to-day activities, could actually be endangering your beloved pet? Below, a Marietta, GA vet lists some common dangers for pets.

Smoking

You’ve likely heard or read about the dangers of secondhand smoke at some point. Those risks also apply to pets!

Unsafe Foods

Fido is an expert beggar, and Fluffy isn’t bad herself, but don’t let your pet’s big sad eyes convince you to fork over something dangerous. Some of the foods to avoid giving your furry buddy include garlic, onions, and chives; raw meat; grapes, currants, and raisins; and anything containing xylitol.

Lapsing On Vaccines/Parasite Control

Fleas and ticks are not only disgusting nuisances that make your pet miserably itchy: they can also transmit dangerous diseases, many of which can affect both people and pets. Heartworms are another serious risk: it’s much easier to protect pets from heartworms than to treat infestations. Make sure to keep up with your furbaby’s parasite control products. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Letting Pets Wander

We know, Fluffy loves going outdoors, so she can roll around in the driveway, chase small animals, and decorate your car with paw prints. However, cats that go outdoors face many risks, such as cars, predators, and weather. Keep your kitty safe and sound indoors. If you have a dog, make sure that your fencing is secure, and keep Fido on a leash whenever you take him off your property. We also strongly recommend pets be microchipped, and wear current ID tags at all times.

Chemicals

Most people don’t think of household cleaning agents as a health risk. However, your pet could get very sick just by walking through a spot of cleaner and then licking those adorable paws! Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are also hazardous. In fact, certain lawn/garden chemicals have been shown to increase the risk of cancer in dogs. Choose pet-friendly products.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Call us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, anytime!