National Pet Poison Prevention Month

PetRAPID CITY, S.D. — March is “National Pet Poison Prevention Month.”

When it comes to keeping your dogs and cats safe, there are some very easy things to keep in mind. First, pets should not eat people food. There are somethings that our bodies are able to digest like chocolate, onion, even grapes, that theirs just can’t. “We like to shy away from giving animals human food just for that reason because we don’t know how they’ll react. But of course everyone is going to give their dog treats sometimes. Just try to shy away from the stuff that you know is bad,” said James Flynn with Animal Services and Enforcement in Rapid City.

As we all know, animals can be very curious. That’s why it’s especially important that you properly store certain chemicals like bleach, or even ice melt for your sidewalks. Flynn says to keep those kinds of household cleaners and products stored away safely, just as you would with a child.

If you have any questions about things that could potentially be dangerous to your pet, you can always call Animal Services and  Enforcement in Rapid City at (605) 394-4132.

Here’s a list of some chemicals that you should protect your pet from ingesting:

  • Antifreeze
  • Bait for rodents
  • Batteries (which can contain corrosive fluid)
  • Car care products, such as cleaners or oils
  • Fertilizer
  • Gorilla Glue (or similar products)
  • Household cleaners
  • Ice-melting products
  • Medications – prescribed and over-the-counter
  • Nicotine products
  • Pesticides for insects
  • Pool or pond products

Here’s a list of some of the foods that you should never let your pet have access to:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Substances containing caffeine, such as coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty foods, especially drippings and grease from cooking
  • Chicken and turkey bones
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Salt and sugar
  • Yeast or bread dough
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