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Pet owners: Beware these hidden dangers in your Richmond area home

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Naturally, you want to do everything you can to ensure the safety of all your family members. And your furry family members are no exception.

It's a big responsibility to be a pet parent. They can't tell us specifically what is going on with them, so we must be extra vigilant to ensure our pups enjoy long and happy lives as our faithful and constant companions here in Richmond, VA. With this in mind, it's important to ask yourself, "Are there hidden dangers lurking in and around my home?"

Here are a few things to watch out for:

  1. Certain plants. Your house plants may not be as innocuous as you think. Lilies can cause kidney failure in cats, heart rhythm issues, or even death in dogs and cats. Outside of the house, take a careful look around at your landscaping. Azaleas add gorgeous color when they bloom in April, but they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even cardiac failure. Those bright yellow daffodils that signal spring coming to Richmond can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood pressure. Tulips add beauty and color, but the bulbs can cause harm to your dogs.
  2. Medications: You should never have leftover meds within reach. They may be safe for human consumption, but even a small dose could wreak havoc on your pet's system.
  3. Chocolate: Although a treat for you, chocolate can be deadly to both cats and dogs. Don't share, please! If you want a special treat for your pooch, try the Fido Park Avenue Dog Boutique or Dog Krazy, Inc. You can even get a custom cake for their special day from Clementine's Dog Bakery.
  4. Floss: Oral hygiene is important, but make sure it doesn't put your pet at risk. A small animal can experience internal blockages if floss or anything string-like is ingested.
  5. Batteries: Battery acid is a toxin and can cause ulcers in pets if they bite into one. Click here to find information on where and how to dispose of batteries and other hazardous items in the Richmond area.
  6. Outdoor threats: Protecting your pet from some dangers outside your home will require foresight. Take worms, for instance. Roundworm and hookworm eggs can be found in soil. Rabbits and other rodents passing through your yard can leave tapeworms behind. And don't forget about mosquitoes and ticks! You can take steps to treat your pets and your yard. And don't forget the poop your pup leaves behind. Not only can dog waste harm your grass and soil, but it can also pose health risks for your pets and you.

We can't help with all of these concerns, but we can help with one! When it comes to pet waste removal, DoodyCalls is on the job! You don't have to worry about cleaning up after your dog because we can take care of it. Whether you need a one-time, twice weekly or weekly scoops, the team at DoodyCalls® of Richmond & Charlottesville is here to rid you of this smelly but oh-so-important chore.

An unplanned trip to the vet is even less fun than picking up poop. So take a look around your house and yard, Do you need to make any changes? Taking precautions can save you a lot of headaches and heartache.