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Dangers to Dogs - Outdoors and Indoors

By Robin Tierney

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Dangers abound, and though I can't address them all, I've assembled some anecdotes sent recently by readers and some links to good articles full of safety precautions.

"What about the poor critters who are abandoned when people move? When my tenant just flew the coop with no notice, I thought that the animals could still be in there. They were not.... but it's something for neighbors and landlords to be aware of. If you hear critters stressed and it is not typical {at that residence], DO SOMETHING!! When people are desperate they make bad decisions." And the victims of bad decisions are too often the animals."

Related article from April 9 on dogs abandoned by owners due to foreclosures:

* "My coworker and very good friend just had a horrible loss. Easter Lilies are horrifically toxic to cats. Instant renal shutdown in less than 6 hours after ingestion. Just in case people have a gift plant left over from Easter or they get a Spring Bouquette (which normally includes these), thought I would warn ya!"

* "My dog is suddenly showing aggression; can you tell me what to do?" The family including dog should meet with a canine behavior specialist. Individual diagnosis and advice should be handled in-person, not over the internet.

* Toadstools: some of those toadstools and mushrooms sprouting up in years are poisonous, and sometimes deadly, to dogs. We heard of another canine succumbing. So don't let those furkids nibble on walks, and check your own yard.

* Antifreeze: keep your pets and kids away from it. And vote with your dollars: buy only the ones with the pet safer formulas. I say ‘safer' because none are totally safe.

* Xylitol in sugar-free gum, candies and cookies, continues to be linked with sickness and liver damage in pets. Think you pet ingested some? Go to the vet now.

* ASPCA Poison Hot Line 1-888-426-4435. Post it in a prominent place in your home in case your pet ingests a suspected toxin.

* Read about overvaccination and the new vaccination guidelines. Don't be so sure your vet's aware of them.

* Does your dog engage in vigorous, even violent, head and ear shaking? A hematoma can result - blood from burst vessels can collect between the skin and cartilage of a dog's ear flap. If this happens, see the vet for treatment before the ear flap is permanently disfigured. Also, repeated head/ear shaking indicates an infection, parasites or something else requiring medical attention.

* Nasal discharge can signal presence of aspergillosis fungus to foxtails to tumors. It's time to see the vet when symptoms include excessive sneezing, nosebleeds, pawing the nose or other parts of the face, and loss of appetite. Ducking a tail can also signal pain. More in the April 2008 issue of Your Dog.

* Evidence shows that lawn chemicals are linked to development of cancer such as lymphosarcoma in dogs. To receive a report on lawn, garden and household chemicals hazardous to dogs, other pets and children, contact the Rachel Carson Council Inc., P.O. Box 10779, Silver Spring MD 20914.

* Veterinary researchers have identified wheat gluten as a dietary ingredient associated with seizures in dogs. Some humans are allergic to gluten as well. If your dog has seizures, check to see if any food you use contains gluten, and if so, consider switching to another food...or to home-prepared foods.

* Yard and Outdoor Safety

* Toxic Plants


* Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning, Household and Yard products



* Spring Safety and Outdoor Hazards tips


* Household Safety


* Garden Tips for Dog People

* Recent article: Gardening expert's tips for dog-proofing gardens and yards and pet safety in yards


Insurance Resource Center:
The Ultimate Guide to Homeowners Insurance for Dog Owners

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Last Updated: April 26, 2018 (LET) PawSupport