Some visits to your vet can be avoided just by being aware of some common causes of illnesses and injuries.
Some of these include:
- Accidental ingestion of toxic substances. Examples might include, rat bait, antifreeze, snail bait, lawn fertilisers to name a few
- Unintentional poisoning through giving non prescribed human medications or foods which are toxic to pets. Examples might include human pain medications, antiseptics, zinc creams, chocolate, onions, grapes, macadamia nuts
- Checking dogs daily for grasseeds which may be caught in your dog’s fur. (Especially at this time of the year) These can burrow into your dog’s skin, ears, eyes and nose causing nasty infections and potentially a great deal of damage.
- Not feeding cooked bones. They become brittle when cooked and splinter easily. If ingested they can cause blockages or perforate the intestines. Throw all cooked bones in the bin and never feed them to your pets.
Accidents do happen no matter how careful we are however, knowing just some of the things to do or avoid, can help minimise unexpected trips to the vet.