Airborne Toxins and Our Pets

Were you aware that there are probably several potential toxins around your home that you may not even be able to see? Inhaled poisons are very dangerous to our pets, simply because we don’t always think about them. Learn more below from a Briargate vet.

What Are Possible Airborne Toxins?

Many household cleaning solutions, such as ammonia and bleach, give off noxious fumes. Keep your pet elsewhere, and see our Spring Cleaning blog post for more information. Insecticides and fertilizers used on your lawn can give off dangerous fumes, as can backyard pools and hot tubs. Burn piles and campfires can give off dangerous smoke that isn’t good for your pet or you, and a lot of household equipment can give off deadly carbon monoxide. Propane heaters, grills and barbeques, and cars without catalytic converters are common sources.

What Should I Do If I Think My Pet Has Inhaled Something Dangerous?

If you suspect your pet has inhaled fumes from a toxic source, or if your pet spent time near something that is giving off fumes, transport your pet to the vet’s office right away. If your pet is already exhibiting health symptoms, you may need to perform CPR and artificial respiration on your way to the hospital—consult your vet for more information. Keep your vet’s number on hand at all times to call in the event of an emergency.

Can I Prevent Inhaled Poisoning Episodes?

Yes. By staying vigilant when using any equipment or materials that give off fumes and knowing what to be on the lookout for, you can prevent the vast majority of airborne-toxin poisonings. Keep your pets elsewhere when cleaning, lock pets indoors if you’re spraying chemicals outside, and regularly service older equipment that may give off carbon monoxide. Don’t include pets in the backyard campfire, and keep them inside when you’re cleaning your pool or hot tub.

Talk to your Briargate veterinarian for more information about potential airborne toxins in and around your home, and how you can avoid the risks associated with them. Proper preparedness is the first step in keeping your pet safe!