Our pets aren’t an extended part of the family. They ARE family!
That’s why you want to do everything possible to keep them safe and protected. You might not know this, but there are everyday items in your home that could potentially hurt your dog. But not everything you’ve heard is true. Let’s look at and debunk some pet safety myths.
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Debunking pet safety myths
Not everything you read online is true. That’s why we’re here to fill you in on what is and isn’t harmful to your pets. Here are four misconceptions about pet safety.
1. Dogs eating chocolate is fatal
You’ve probably heard that feeding your dog chocolate can be deadly. While that can be true if they consume massive amounts, Buster isn’t going to be a tragic victim of death by chocolate in small quantities. In fact, a large dog would need to eat at least two pounds of chocolate to get ill.
The real danger for dogs is sugar-free sweeteners. Xylitol is commonly used in sugar-free candy, and it’s easy for dogs and cats to consume a deadly dose after stealing gum from a guest’s handbag or chowing down candy from a decorative dish. So make sure to keep sugar-free candy away from your pets.
2. Chicken bones could rip up your dog’s insides
We don’t recommend giving your pet leftover chicken bones, but if your dog eats one, don’t be alarmed. Dogs may digest raw chicken bones without any issues. Since they have the propensity to split, cooked ones are a little more dangerous. If your pet exhibits any symptoms of sickness, consult your veterinarian. Otherwise, don’t panic.
3. Poinsettia leaves are poisonous to dogs
With the holidays coming, now’s a good time to discuss the idea that poinsettia plants are poisonous. They’re not. A stomachache is the worst your pet will get if they eat some. If you like poinsettias, enjoy them in your home without worry. Lilies are another story. These can be lethal to pets, so make sure they avoid them.
4. Popular cleaning products can be problematic
If you own pets, there’s a high probability that someone has sent you emails about a dog or cat that died after coming in contact with Swiffer or Febreze products. These claims have been going around for so long that no one knows where they began. Even the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center looked into them. Conclusion: Both products are safe to use with pets when utilized as instructed.
Bonus: Healthy food your pups will love
Is the food you’re feeding your fur babies actually good for them? This is more important than you might realize.
Many dog foods labeled “premium” or “organic” contain 50% to 64% processed cereal byproducts with little nutritional value. Many dog food companies don’t prioritize your pet’s dietary needs. Instead, they focus on filling your dog’s belly with nutrient-deficient kibble.
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Save 54% on your first order for a limited time and get a free bag of Dr. Marty’s bestselling dog treats. Visit DrMartyPets.com/Kim or text KIM to 511511.