By Lauren Compton - email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Most of can't keep an eye on our pets 24 hours a day and while we're away our furry friends can get into potentially toxic items at home. NBC 12 Pet Expert Dr. Paul Howard says while each toxin affects your pet differently there a few things you can look out for:
Common Signs of Poisoning
-Change in your pet's behavior
-Different activity patterns
-Change in breathing patterns
-Check to see if your pet is unable to rest or sleep properly
If you notice any of these changes you need to get professional help for possible pet poisoning. You can also call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. They are available 24 hours a day to assist you. There is a $60 fee associated with the call. For more information on pet poisoning check out The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at www.aspca.org.
While there's no way to completely pet proof your home Dr. Howard says the best way to protect your pet is to be mindful of the things in your pet's environment.
Keeping medicines, candies, and other items your pet may find appetizing out of reach is a good way to protect your pet from poisoning. You'll also need to keep any eye on your pet when they are outside, because there are several seasonal flowers like azaleas that can be potentially dangerous is ingested.