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Poisonous Items To Beagles

Feb 16, 2008
You can not really tell that Beagles are totally safe in your home. You may not know that your home you considered your haven may pose hazard to your dog's health. People use items such as acids, bleach, lead and moth balls in regular basis. Though we find these items ideal cleaning implements, these should not be exposed to animals to prevent the possibility of poisoning.

Hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid are present in most cleansers, toilet bowl cleaners and pool chemicals. If any of these is ingested, it may cause ulcer in the mouth, larynx and esophagus, drooling, lack of appetite, vomiting, panting and shock. Give your dog water or milk. If exposed to the skin, flush the affected area with running water for 30 minutes or so. Take your dog to the vet for check up.

Alkalis are also contained in toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners and dishwasher detergents. It can also be found in ammonia and alkali batteries. These items cause damage to the tissues by burning it deeper and more severe compared to the damage caused by acids. Immediate action is similar to that of exposure to acids.

Bleach and clorox are common in almost every household. Hypochlorite, sodium peroxide and hypochlorite salts are found in these items. These can irritate the dog's mucous membranes and esophagus. Once ingested, drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain and sore throat can be seen in dogs. If inhaled, a dog may suffer from coughing, difficulty in breathing or retching. The hair coat should be washed and rinsed thoroughly when exposed to the skin.

Another harmful household items are moth balls. I remember during our childhood days, my cousin accidentally ate one of the moth balls we found in the closet, thinking it was a candy. If this happens to children, this can happen to animals too. If ingested, this can cause vomiting and seizures. You can also smell the odor of mothballs from your dog's breath, mouth and vomitus.

Experts suggest that these items should not be left scattering around. It should be placed in a safe area away from your dog's reach. Animals are not very good in eliminating toxins in their bodies. Exposure to these items may cause various health hazard. Your Beagles deserve a safe and poisonous home to live in.
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