Posts Tagged ‘protect your pet’
People think it is ok to leave the animal in the car for a few minutes to run in to the bank or grocery store. The answer is NO! Do NOT do this. If it is 50 degrees outside, it can be 80+ in the car. If you dog or cat are already panting, take them in the bank or store with you…OR BEST YET….LEAVE THEM at home where it will be safe for them.
Did you know that if it is 80 degrees out side that it can get to be OVER 120 degrees inside the vehicle? Some people think that if you roll down the windows it will be ok….answer is NO. Some folks just crack the windows…why? Because you don’t want your radio to be stolen? Better to have a dog or cat that is a live, right?
If you MUST take your dog or cat with you and it is over 65 degrees outside: 1) Roll down all your windows half way up and open your ceiling/roof window half open. 2) leave fresh water in a bowl 3) never leave them more than 10-15 minutes without checking on them 4) DO NOT leave their leashes on, they can get tangled 5) Do NOT park in the sun! Park your vehicle in shade-be smart.
Do you have one of these in your yard? If so, for your pet’s sake, you may want to get rid of it.
In case you weren’t aware, Sago Palms (Cycas revoluta) are right up there with antifreeze as being one of the deadliest environmental health threats to your pet. And its not just the seeds you have to watch out for; the leaves, bark, and root ball are all deadly as well.
Once consumed by a pet, the cycasin, macrozamin,and others toxins contained in the Sago go right to work. And there’s no antidote.
Signs of poisoning usually develop within 12 hours after ingestion and can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, internal bleeding (due to interference with the body’s ability to coagulate blood), extreme lethargy, seizures, and ultimately death. The liver is the primary organ damaged by Sago toxins, and liver failure is common. In fact, if a pet happens to survive initial exposure, liver failure could still occur 6 to 8 months down the line.
Treatment is non-specific and generally unrewarding, so PREVENTION is the key!! Remember: Pets and Sago Palms don’t mix. Pull up and get rid of those Sagos!