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Drugs: Household Products




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This article is from the Pet Owner's Guide to Common Small Animal Poisons, by Julie Dahlke, DVM, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Drugs: Household Products

The category of "household products" probably contains most of the
non-drug substances that poison animals throughout the country each
year. This would include insecticides designed to kill ants, fleas,
termites, wasps, etc., pesticides against rats, mice, gophers and
other unwanted pests, herbicides to kill weeds in our yards and
gardens, cleaners for our homes and businesses, and ethylene glycol
and fuel and other petroleum products used in cars, heaters, and even
lighters. These are products which are both widespread in use and
frequently highly toxic. The combination of being common and deadly
frequently results in a very dangerous situation for household pets
who share our homes, cabins, yards and cars.

For ease of reading and organizational purposes, I have split this
category into five narrower groupings. Remember, however, it is the
toxic active ingredient in the substance the pet is exposed to which
will determine how much danger is present. Therefore, it is critical
in any case of potential poisoning to find the container of the toxic
substance and know the ingredients when seeking advice or veterinary
services. All rat poisons are not alike and the same is true of ant
poisons, herbicides, flea products, etc. Different poisons may require
very different treatments and it is necessary to know the active
ingredient in a potential poison to know how to treat an exposed
animal and to give a reasonably accurate prognosis. Ideally, the
veterinarian should have the intact container with the label when
evaluating the toxic potential of the product.

 

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