Follow this checklist to make sure Emergency Actions in case your pet...
your home is safe.
Kitchen Breathes Poison:
• Remove products like detergent and drain Immediately get the animal to fresh air. Avoid breath-
cleaner from under the sink. ing fume. Open doors and windows wide.
• Remove medicines from counters, tables,
refrigerator top and window sills. Gets poison on the skin:
• Put child safety latches on all drawers and Flood the skin with water for 10 minutes. Then wash
cabinets that contain harmful products. They gently with soap and water and risne.
work for pets too.
Bathroom Swallows Poison:
• Clean out your medicine cabinet often and Medicines: Do not give pet anything until you talk with
dispose of medications that are no longer being the poison center or your veterinarian.
used or have expired. Refer to the RMPDC
Medication Safety Guide for proper disposal Chemicals or Household Products: Unless your pet
• Keep all medicine in original safety-top
has passed out or cannot swallow, giver water right
away. Uh oh. Poison!
• Keep medicine, hair spray, powder, make-up,
fingernail polish, hair-care products, mouthwash
and other personal-care products out of reach. Poison Prevention for Pets
Bedroom After the emergency actions, Call the Rocky
• Don’t keep medicine in or on dresser or bedside Mountain Poison and Drug Center.
Read this brochure for poison safety
table. tips and call the Rocky Mountain
• Keep perfume, make-up, aftershave, and other Poison and Drug center if you have
products out of reach. a poison emergency or have any
• Don’t store anything potentially toxic under the questions. It’s free and you can call
bed. 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
• Keep bleach, soap, fabric softener and other
supplies out of reach.
• Keep all products in their original containers. 1-800-222-1222
• Keep bug spray, weed killers, gasoline, oil, paint Veterinarian: __________________________
and other supplies in locked area.
• Keep all products in their original containers.
• Keep beer, wine and liquor out of reach.
Keep ashtrays clean and out of reach.
Keep plants out of reach.
• Keep paint in good repair. www.rmpdc.org
Pet Poison Safety “do’s and don'ts” Pets can get into things at any age!
Do: Animals age 0 to 8 weeks
1. Ask for “safety-lock” tops on all prescription • start to explore home and yard
drugs. • learn about their environment by putting things in
2. Keep cleaners, bug sprays, medicines and other- their mouths
harmful products out of your pet’s environment. • chew on things because they’re teething
3. If possible, keep the products locked up. Animals age 9 weeks to 2 years
4. Only feed pet food to your pet. One ounce of • curiosity is high; most at risk of being poisoned
Baker's chocolate can kill your dog! High fat • may wander from home, especially if not spayed or
foods can cause indigestion as well as damage neutered
to the pancreas.
Examples of fatty foods are: peanuts, whole milk, Animals age 25 months and up
ground beef, bacon, ham and giblets, dark meat • know where to find food and garbage, may stumble
and skin from poultry. across toxic items
The Rocky Mountain Poison Center
• overweight pets may eat potentially toxic items; if
Also, there have been reports of dogs suffering
dogs overeat it can be life-threatening
If your pet has come in contact with poison, call the from kidney failure after eating large amounts of
Rocky Mountain Poison Center. The Poison Center grapes or raisins.
can tell you over the phone if your animal should see a Seasonal Dangers
5. When discarding household products, rinse con-
veterinarian. If so, the Poison Center can provide you tainers and put them in a covered trash can to Spring & Summer dangers
with specific information to assist your veterinarian with which your pet doesn’t have access. • Pesticides
your pet’s care.
6. Keep your pet out of the area when using insecti- • Fertilizers
cides, pesticides and mouse traps. • Antifreeze drained from cars and poured in the
How pets get poisoned street or stored improperly
7. Keep painted surfaces in good condition.
• Charcoal lighter fluid
Teething and carrying things in their mouths make pets • Outdoor plants and mushrooms
especially at risk for poisoning. In addition, sometimes Don’t: • Snake, spider and insect bites and stings
parasites and other factors cause animals to eat things 1. Don’t store potentially toxic products near your • Ticks
that are dangerous. Thousands of pets are poisoned in pet’s food.
Colorado each year by swallowing human medicine,
insecticides, antifreeze, detergents, drain cleaners and 2. Don’t give your pet human medicine unless a Fall & Winter dangers
other products commonly found in the home or garage. veterinarian says it’s OK. • Antifreeze (tastes sweet and even a little can kill a
pet in 18 hours!)
3. Don’t leave household products and medicines
unattended. If interrupted while using them, put • Carbon monoxide
them away so your pet can’t get into them. • Black widow spider bites
4. Don’t put gasoline, bug spray, antifreeze or • Plants and autumn berries
cleaning supplies in soft-drink bottles, cups or • Holly, mistletoe, glass ornaments, tinsel, ribbon and
bowls that could attract pets. other holiday decorations
• Chocolate and other holiday foods