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Poison prevention for pets

Potential poison dangers for pets can be overwhelming but as a pet parent, there are things that every owner can do to reduce the risk of harm.

State Farm® and Trupanion® recommend pet owners start by identifying potential dangers and putting them out of reach of pets.

  • Cleaning products should be stored in a lockable cupboard or closet.
  • If you have open shelves in your kitchen or pantry, store hazardous items up high where your pet can’t jump.
  • Auto products be kept in the garage and in a secure storage space.
  • Use your phone to research houseplants at the store before buying them. Any houseplants that are toxic to pets should either be disposed of or kept on high shelves.
  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking or baking and clean up as you go so pets don’t eat food that is toxic to them.

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Has your pet been poisoned?

Not sure if your pet has ingested a potential toxin? Toxicity signs can vary depending on the poisonous substance, but there are some common signs to watch for.

  • Lethargy or sluggishness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive drooling
  • Stumbling or staggering
  • Di­fficulty breathing
  • Tremors or seizures

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Planning Ahead with Pet Medical Insurance

Pets are unpredictable, and accidents can still happen even when you are taking the best precautions. Over the past two decades, Trupanion has paid over $8 million towards pet poison and toxicity claims so it’s a good idea to take control ahead of time and have an emergency medical plan in place. Along with taking note of the nearest animal hospitals, a good pet insurance policy can help you tackle surprise medical costs. Having this in place will let you focus on what really matters in times of crisis — taking care of your pet.

State Farm is working with Trupanion, a leader in high-quality insurance for cats and dogs, to help protect your pet from new and unexpected illnesses and injuries. Discover how a pet insurance policy can be there for your pet during their lifetime. Talk to a State Farm agent or get a free, no-obligation quote online today.

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