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Pet Talk: Make sure your spring cleaning doesn’t wreak havoc on pets

Pet Talk: Make sure your spring cleaning doesn’t wreak havoc on pets
News from OregonLive.com:

As we prepare to do our spring cleaning, many of us may unwittingly use products that make our houses sparkle but can wreak havoc on our pets’ health.

With the approach of National Poison Prevention Week on Sunday, now is a great time to think about the safety of some commonly used chemicals for our homes and yards.

Here’s a room-by-room primer on cleaning practices that will keep your home safe for pets – and kids – inside and out.



First, keep in mind that exposure to toxic chemicals isn’t the only peril posed by house cleaning.

If you open windows to ventilate your home, make sure sturdy screens are securely in place, advises Dr. Heidi Houchen of VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas.

Otherwise, your cats may fall victim to a phenomenon that happens so often that the veterinary profession has a name for it: Feline High-Rise Syndrome. 

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Keeping Kids Fit: Do you know what can poison your child?
News from MiamiHerald.com:

When parents think about poisoning, they usually think of chemicals. While the Florida Poison Control Center – Miami at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital certainly sees cases of children getting into chemicals, they are actually not the most common cause of pediatric poisoning. In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, here is a quick tour of your home to identify all of the potential poison hazards that could hurt your kids.

Let’s start with the yard. If you have small children or pets, certain plants can be dangerous. Common species like oleander, angel’s trumpet and even wild mushrooms can cause serious symptoms if nibbled. Houseplants such as pothos or peace lily trigger painful burning of the lips and tongue. Are there caterpillars or spiders in the grass? Bites and stings bring pain, swelling and even allergic reactions. If you have a shed or outdoor storage area, make sure pool and lawn care chemicals are out of reach.

Open the front door and come inside. How do your guests secure their purses and coats? Visitors can unknowingly bring powerful medications in pockets or handbags into your home. A grandparent’s medication for blood pressure or blood sugar can be deadly with a single dose. Even products like eye drops or nasal sprays can be toxic if tasted.

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