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Summer vacation is officially over, and backpacks are being filled with notebooks, pencils and tasty treats for lunch. But did you know that back-to-school time can be dangerous for your pets?

Pet Safety Tips from PAWSAccording to the ASPCA, the Animal Poison Control Center sees an increase in backpack-related toxicities in late August and September, when kids head back to school.

"One of the most common complaints we hear is that an owner's dog or cat got into a child's backpack and ingested something problematic," says Kelley Durham, a board member at Missing Pet Partnership.

Here are some tips on what to watch out for in the back-to-school season:

Backpacks
•    Gum (which can contain xylitol)
•    ADHD medication (which are often amphetamines)
•    Albuterol inhalers
•    Over-the-counter medications

Lunch Boxes
Along with backpacks, lunch boxes attract items that are unhealthy for pets:
•    Grapes
•    Raisins
•    Onions
•    Macadamia nuts

So as your kids head back to school, please be sure to keep backpacks and lunch boxes out of your pets’ reach!

Learn more about pet safety at paws.org

 

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