Without a doubt, a rubbish bin that’s been thoroughly investigated by your pet has the potential to cause the most mess in your home. But because just about anything might have been thrown into your bin, this unfortunately also makes it another area of potential danger for your pet. Ensure that the bins across your home come with a lid that prevents easy access – this might not be something which is always in place, but when you leave your pet home alone it could make all the difference.

 

Spotting Symptoms

Even with all of the above measures accounted for, there’s no knowing what your pet will get their teeth into. So, it also pays to know what symptoms your pet may show if it’s exposed to something toxic.

The larger clues to a possible problem with your pet, such as vomiting or diarrhoea, are easy to spot, but the smaller symptoms can be just as dangerous. If your pet seems noticeably less energetic than usual, has difficulty breathing or is producing too much saliva, this could mean they’ve consumed something toxic and now require urgent medical attention.

 

Allergies and Intolerances

Should your pet begin displaying symptoms of having eaten something toxic, there’s a chance that this could be due to an uncommon food allergy or intolerance. If you’re sure that there’s nothing in your home or your pets diet which could be causing this, one simple way to find out is through an allergy or intolerance ‘elimination diet’.

Though this sounds extreme, it simply involves removing certain foods from their diet, then slowly re-introducing them and watching how your pet reacts to each. If your pet has displayed mild symptoms which you feel could be due to its diet, speak to your vet who will be able to advise you on how to proceed.

Whilst you can make sure your home is as safe as possible for your pet, you should ensure that your furry friend has pet insurance. This safeguard against further possible pet dangers will provide you with the peace of mind just in case the worst does happen, so that any required procedures won’t leave you out-of-pocket. Here at Asda Money we have a range of pet insurance cover types available. Find out more about Asda Money Pet Insurance underwritten by Fairmead Insurance here. Pre-existing medical conditions are not covered.