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      Many of your everyday household items could be hazardous to your four-legged friend

      Some foods and medication that are safe for you can be devastating for your pets.

      Local veterinarians are hoping to reduce the number of poison cases by educating the public on what those items may be.

      Chocolate is the most well-known poison, but grapes, raisins and gum are just as bad. Symptoms won??t always show up immediately, making treatment even more difficult.

      Animals are overly curious and tend to sniff or lick anything in sight.

      The best way to avoid a trip to the vet is to keep dangerous items out of reach.

      ??Keep things up high, keep them in a cabinet, keep them away from animals,?? said Emily Basler, Veterinarian at Kirksville Small Animal Hospital. ??Definitely if you come home and your pet appears sick or if you see anything chewed up on the floor, definitely get them to a vet ASAP.??

      Pet Poison Helpline recommends stocking a first aid kit for your pet. Before using your kit, contact your local veterinarian to find out if the ingested item is poisonous and they will advise on what your next step should be.

      For a list of poisons, check out the Pet Poison Helpline website.

      For Potentially Poisoned Pets:

      Phone number for Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680

      Hydrogen peroxide 3 percent used to induce vomiting in dogs?? make sure it??s not expired

      Oral dosing syringe or turkey baster ?? for administering hydrogen peroxide

      Teaspoon/tablespoon set ?? for measuring appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide

      Liquid hand dish washing detergent, such as Dawn or Palmolive

      Rubber or latex gloves

      Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin?

      Vitamin E (a small container of oil or several gel caps)

      Diphenhydramine tablets 25mg ?? with NO other combination ingredients

      Ophthalmic saline solution or artificial tears

      Can of tuna packed in water or tasty canned pet food

      Sweet electrolyte-containing beverage

      Corn syrup (1/4 cup)

      Vegetable oil (1/2 cup)

      For Injured Pets:

      Phone number for local emergency veterinary hospital

      Gauze roll and pads

      Medical tape

      Ruler or other rigid material for splint

      Scissors and tweezers

      Thermometer and sterile lubricant, like KY? jelly

      Rubber or latex gloves

      Towel or blanket

      Muzzle (for dogs)

      Cone collar (for cats)

      Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin?

      Ophthalmic saline solution ?? make sure it does not contain any cleaners or soaps