March is Poison Prevention Month. While you might know some foods and plans that could hurt your pet, did you know strings can be dangerous as well? Yes, strings, or anything stringy (yarn, rubber bands, and dental floss). These items can cause intestinal blockages or even strangulation, both of which can be fatal.

If this has you thinking about other dangerous things, take a look at this list:

  1. Cooking spray might seem innocent enough. However, if you have a pet bird, pay attention! The fumes from non-stick cooking surfaces and self-cleaning ovens can be dangerous (or even deadly) to your pet bird. While they might keep things cleaner for you, they can be deadly to your feathered friend.
  2. Over-the-counter drugs can be really beneficial for some human relief. Have a headache? A Tylenol could help you! However, if your pet accidentally gets into some of your human medication, you could face a serious pet health emergency. There are many human medicines that could harm your pet. These medicines include aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. If you have any questions about these, be sure to ask us at your next appointment.
  3. Repellents are nice for your skin, but could harm your pet. Some insect control products, including many over-the-counter flea and tick preventives, could be toxic to your furry pal. Prescription products are always safest. However, even a prescription medication meant for a dog could be deadly if used on a cat. Always ask us which flea and tick products are the absolute best for your pets.

If you suspect your pet has gotten into something they shouldn’t have, you can contact us or call the Pet Poison Helpline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. All of us at Aspen Animal Hospital wish you and your furry (or feathery) friend a safe March!