February 26, 2009 // Franchising.com // Englewood, Colo. ——In honor of National Animal Poison Prevention Week March 16, Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, wants to help dog owners take special precautions to protect their canine companions from surprisingly common toxins. Not only is it important to take preventative measures with toxic materials found both inside and outside the home, but it is also vital to be able to recognize the signs indicating a dog has ingested something poisonous and know what actions to take.
"Since dogs, especially young dogs, are naturally curious creatures, it is important that we know and remain vigilant about potential poisons that our snooping pooches may find and ingest," said Liam Crowe, CEO and master dog behavioral therapist of Bark Busters USA. "Just because something is safe for people to ingest, doesn't necessarily mean it is safe for our canine companions to also eat. By following these tips, you can take the steps to protect your dog from these dangers."
Dogs and Poisons Safety Tips:
Symptoms of poisoning (toxicity) in your pet can include:
If you think your dog has ingested a dangerous substance, contact your veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately. If you are advised to bring the dog into the clinic, be sure to take along the packaging of the item or a sample of the plant you think your dog may have eaten. This will help the veterinarian to know how best to treat your pet.
Also consult with your veterinarian for a detailed list of all potentially poisonous items and substances found around your home. The best number to call for animal poison control is (888) 426-4435. This connects you to the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals service.
Bark Busters, the world's largest, most trusted dog training company, started in Australia in 1989 and came to the United States in 2000. Since inception, over 500,000 dogs have been trained worldwide using its dog-friendly, natural methods. With 240+ franchised offices in 42 states and more than 400 offices in 10 countries, Bark Busters is continuing its mission to build a global network of dog behavioral therapists to enhance responsible dog ownership and reduce the possibility of maltreatment, abandonment and euthanasia of companion dogs. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers guaranteed lifetime support. Therapists will provide future sessions free of charge if problem behaviors recur, or if any new problems develop.