Keeping Our Pets Safe

In honor of National Pet Poision Awareness Week, the Jacksonville Humane Society has assembled a list of five ways to keep your pets safe from potential harm.

1.National Pet Poison Prevention Week is sponsored by the ASPCA. Here’s their list of things to look out for when it comes to your furry family members:


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2. Keep your eyes on the kitchen! Dogs and cats love treats, but there are foods you should avoid. Make sure to not give pets anything with artificial sweeteners, such as Xylitol, and read the label carefully. Here are some things to remember when you’re cooking up dinner:

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3. Bring the outdoors in, with caution. The top 12 plants to avoid include castor bean, lilies, caladium, dumb cane, rosary pea, laxspur, fox glove, autumn crocus, sago palms, black locust, yew and oleander. The ASPCA has an excellent resource if you’d like to check your garden!


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4. Keep holidays fun with FAKE flowers! Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias are poisonous to pets. Opt for silk flowers instead.


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5. Human medications are one of the most common causes of poisoning in pets. Do not give your dogs over-the-counter medicine unless told so by your vet. Don’t forget, we have a low-cost veterinary office for your pets at JHS.


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If you believe your pet has been poisoned, please seek immediate veterinary care. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is a great resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card. Click here for more information.

The ASCPA also has a mobile app that you can download for free, so no matter where you are, you can help your pets.

Be sure to share this information with the pet lovers in your family, to keep pets safe from harm