Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Protecting Your Pet: Poison Patrol
How many times do you feed your pet scraps of food. Well, you may want to think twice. Some meals can literally be fatal to our furry friends. Health Specialist Marilyn Mitzel goes on poison patrol in protecting your pet.
(WSVN) -- Buddy and Chocolate dig hanging 10 - but nearly wiped out for good from rat poison.
Pet owner Kim Lotterman: "They ate them as if they were kit kat candy bars."
It tastes sweet - so does anti-freeze - even a little can kill - so clean up spills. Many pets are also quick to eat pills - if they hit the floor - pick them up fast.
Dr. Chris Stevens from Emerald Hills Animal Hospital: "Some can be fatal."
There's not enough time to list all the foods that are toxic to animals.
Plus each species reacts differently so do your homework.
Dr. Stevens: "Both grapes and raisins can put an animal into kidney failure.
It only takes a few.
Same for macadamia and walnuts.
A few other dangers - raw eggs - garlic - onions - turkey skin - of course alcohol and dark chocolate in particular.
Dr. Stevens: "The smaller the pet the more of the risk."
Avocados can trigger breathing problems for birds.
The cabrera's minature Pinature - Lucy - paid the ultimate price for eating mushrooms.
Nelson Cabrera: "Within 24-36 hours they're gone --its heart breaking."
Jennifer Cabrerra: "She was a great dog and she'll really be missed."
Another back yard danger - palm nuts.
Dr. Stevens: "There's a lot of plants that can be toxic."
Find out what they are and get rid of them.
If your pooch loves digging through the garbage put a lid on it - danger lurks within - including rotten food covered in bacteria - coffee grinds - cigarette butts and more.
If your pet's acting strange - you suspect poisoning call the vet A.S.A.P.
Or a 24 hour animal poison hotline. The cost - about $50, but can be lifesaving.
Dr. Stevens: "There's a real good outcome, but you have to get to things quick."
That's why buddy and chocolate are still hang'in 10.
Kim Lotterman: "I learned a serious lesson and thank God the dogs are fine. You don't realize until you go through something traumatic how close and how much they meant to you."
Animals need fresh food and water daily. It can spoil too and make them sick.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Animal Poison Hotline
$50 per case