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The Pet Dangers We Carry with Us Everyday

 This article is being used with the permission of Pro Pet Hero, where the article originally appeared on their blog. 

Many of us carry a bag throughout our day that holds important items like our wallet, car keys, and cell phone. Besides the basics, items like little chocolate or candy to help when starvation hits or when you need to stay awake while driving are pretty common. If you’re a bit clean-freakish like me, then you might be sporting some hand-sanitizer.  Pain medication for headaches or even anti-depressants are often schlepped around with us in case we are out when it’s time to take our meds and for those of us with asthma – our inhalers are paramount. These everyday items mean everyday dangers to our pets, particularly our pups who are curious critters and get into things. Items that smell good to eat to a dog or simply smell like us can lead your pup’s nose right into your bag and directly into trouble. Below I discuss each of these items’ potential dangers and why you should not only go through your bag RIGHT NOW – but you’ll want to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of when they have gotten into your bag of trouble.

Chocolate and Xylitol Are Bad for Our Pets

Sometimes we just need that little pick-me-up, that burst of sugar to help when we are crashing. Some companies have even added supplements to small bits of chocolate so we feel like we are doing good by our bodies. As tasty as they are to you, Fido enjoys the find as well. While that protein packed chocolate bar will stave off your hunger, it will have a very different affect on your pup.

I’ve mentioned in a few posts about chocolate. Chocolate is so bad for our pets because it contains theobromine – a stimulant that increases their heart rate and produces all the side effects you would expect to see with a rapid heart rate. The darker the chocolate, the higher the concentration of the chemical compound. While dogs are the most common culprits of chocolate intoxication, your feline friend is at a greater danger – they are far more sensitive. Thankfully they are less curious and have a more discerning palate.  If you’re going to carry chocolate in your bag, purse or briefcase, keep it up high, closed up and out of their reach.



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