Many of us see our pets as part of our family and look to caring for them similarly.
Of course, dogs are different than people and have a number of potential threats to their health that we do not. Keeping your pets healthy can be a real process. You want your dog to be comfortable and stay safe, but in your home there are dangers that you might not have thought of that might contribute to pet illness.
Poisonous plants: There are many plants that are toxic for dogs that you might not have known about. For example, azaleas and tulip bulbs can be very harmful if eaten. Other plants that you may have outdoors like ivy and aloe will upset a dog’s digestion, so it is important to check your outdoor space before letting a dog outside alone.
Toxic foods: Chocolate, coffee or caffeine can be very bad for dogs as can things like grapes, onions and garlic. Be careful and if your dog eats some of these foods, be sure to contact a vet.
Items around the house: Obviously you’ll want to keep cleaning supplies and toxic chemicals out of the reach of your dog. But things you might not know, like breath mints or gum containing xylitol (which can cause a dog’s insulin to spike if it eats it) have to be kept away too. Dryer sheets are also very harmful if consumed. Outside your house, make sure you switch to pet friendly products for things like fertilizer, weed killer, and ice melt.
While you and your dog do not share some of the toxic things in your life (it’s likely you won’t get sick from drinking out of the toilet) if your dog has an illness, you may be able to employ the same methods that help you heal. Ozone therapies have been shown to have similar effectiveness for pets as they have for people and there are many vets who will employ hyperbaric treatments to help with things like toxicity or sickness in dogs.
Hopefully you don’t have to worry about it, but consider this possibility if your dog does come into contact with something toxic or come down with an illness. After all, your furry friend has no one to rely on but you in times of need.
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Guest post written by Sarah Archer
Sarah is a Content and PR manager at Your Best Digs. She’s passionate about evaluating everyday home products to help customers save time and money. When she’s not putting a product’s promise to the test, you’ll find her hiking a local trail or collecting stamps in her passport.