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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Why summertime may be harmful to your pet...

Top 5 Summer Toxins
According to the ASPCA the five most fast-acting, lethal summer toxins can be found in nearly every neighborhood:
1) Methomyl
Methomyl is a potent carbamate commonly found in fly baits. Unfortunately some people also kill pests by adding the chemical to a tasty food such as soda or ground beef.
2) Sulfonyl Fluoride
Used in warmer climates to treat drywood termites, this is typically used when a house is tented. The biggest concern is if an animal is forgotten in the house or sneaks back into the house.
3) Metaldehyde
Metaldehyde is used to kill snails and slugs.
4) Disulfoton
This potent systemic insecticide is used for rose bushes.
5) Aldicarb
Outside of commercial agriculture use, the most common exposure in pets is from a rodenticide product that is illegal here but imported from South America. It goes by the name "Tres Pasitos." 

Not only do we see very serious symptoms (seizures, respiratory problems, tremors) but the onset of signs can be fast and progress to death quickly. If you are concerned that your pet may have been exposed to any chemical, please contact us at 407-366-4486 or Pet Poison Control (a 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at 800-213-6680), so we can address the issues properly.