Protecting Our Furry Friends: Pet Allergy Awareness

March is National Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month to focus on the potential dangers, like common household items or seemingly harmless plants, that can contain toxins and pose risks to our pets. These essential tips can keep our pets safe from potential allergens and poisons.


  1. Keep Medications Secure: Ensure that all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, are stored safely out of reach of curious pets. Even a single pill dropped on the floor can pose a significant danger if ingested by a pet.

  2. Watch Out for Toxic Foods: Some human foods, such as chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, and xylitol (found in sugar-free products), can be toxic to pets if ingested. Be mindful of what you feed your pets and avoid sharing table scraps that could harm them.

  3. Be Cautious with Plants: Certain household plants, including lilies, azaleas, and poinsettias, are toxic to pets if ingested. Keep these plants out of reach or opt for pet-friendly alternatives to ensure your furry friends stay safe.

  4. Safely Store Cleaning Products: Store cleaning supplies, detergents, and other household chemicals in securely closed cabinets or high shelves to prevent pets from accessing them. Consider using pet-safe cleaning products to minimize the risk of accidental exposure.

  5. Secure Trash Bins: Keep trash bins securely closed to prevent pets from rummaging through them and potentially ingesting harmful substances, such as spoiled food, toxic chemicals, or sharp objects.

  6. Know the Signs of Poisoning: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of poisoning in pets, which may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, difficulty breathing, seizures, and more. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, seek immediate veterinary care.

Raising awareness about pet allergies and toxins and taking steps to prevent accidental exposure can help in keeping our furry companions safe and healthy year-round!