Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pet Watch

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pet Watch

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We all like to think our homes are safe environments for our pets but unfortunately many are full of potential hazards.

Animal owners have a special responsibility to make sure their homes are safe and pet-friendly so PDSA is urging all pet owners to take a closer look in their homes to identify any possible dangers.

The smallest quantities of many household substances can be harmful or even fatal to pets.

Poisoning usually occurs by swallowing or licking contaminated fur or paws or through direct consumption of a poisonous substance. Some poisons can also be absorbed directly through the skin.

Fumes from a variety of seemingly harmless substances such as old lead paint and paint stripper can be a danger, particularly to caged birds, fish and small animals like hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and mice.

Seek veterinary help immediately if you suspect poisoning. Do not wait for symptoms to develop and take the suspected container along as evidence of the substance involved. Successful treatment could depend on this.

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A large number of pets are rushed to PDSA PetAid hospitals every year having swallowed inanimate objects such as balls, string and stones.

Sharp objects such as pins, sewing needles and drawing pins are all easily swallowed and can also become embedded inside the mouth, in the paws or elsewhere in the skin. If allowed to work their way deeply into the flesh they can cause infection, inflammation and considerable pain.

The kitchen is often the most notorious room for `foreign bodies', such as from open bins. With food, sharp utensils, chemicals and electrical appliances, it is the one room in every pet owner's house which should be given extra attention when it comes to pet safety.

Human medicines are also very dangerous for pets. PDSA saw one case this year of a dog which had swallowed 84 Ibuprofen tablets. PDSA staff managed to save the dog, but the outcome could have been fatal. …

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