Pets & Carbon Monoxide
According to a recent survey, 53 percent of pet owner's in the US aren't confident they could identify the symptoms of CO poisoning in their pets. If you suspect your pet may be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, remove them from the environment immediately and contact your vet. They can perform a CO toxicity evaluation which is done through a blood test. And make sure to save contact information for your veterinarian in a place where you and other family members can easily access it. Also, be sure your pet's microchip information is current in case you become separated in an emergency. Here is a short list of symptoms that may indicate that your pet has CO poisoning: nausea, vomiting, labored or difficulty breathing, sleepiness or lethargy, uncoordinated movement, disturbances in gait, seizures, heart arrhythmia, coughing, deafness, blindness, and coma. Purchase CO alarms! Consider installing more than one alarm on each level of your home. Pay careful attention to rooms where you and your family spend a great deal of time including living areas, bedrooms and hallways.