by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
My grandparents' dog is a scavenger. When we're in the dining room enjoying a lovely roast dinner, it's not uncommon to hear the dog pawing around in the trash. While it riles up my grandmother, it's also not very safe for the dog. There are a myriad of dangerous and unhealthy substances in the trash, and your pet needs to be protected from that. One of the things that can be dangerous for pets is licking tin cans. Dangers lurk within the realms of the tin can, and you need to be aware so you can protect your pet.
Within the tin can lie a few different hazards. If left in the garbage for a while, bacteria can start to grow within the can, and that bacteria could get your pet seriously ill. Another thing to consider is other types of poison from the metal. The cans themselves aren't the cleanest and can harbor harmful substances. Also, if the pet is sniffing in the can, bacteria can get inside the pet's nose and harm the pet at a later time.
Another big risk that tin cans pose is the sharp edge. If your pet is sticking its nose in and licking tin cans, the chances are high that the pet will cut itself. Those cans can be very sharp and can cause significant damage. The cut could be pretty deep and you might have to end up taking your pet to the animal hospital, (which I'm sure you do not want to do). Also, if your pet is cut on the can, bacteria from the can actually have the possibility of getting into your pet's bloodstream, and that would definitely be a bad thing, leading to issues of infection and disease.
To protect your pet from tin cans, there are a few things you can do. First of all, keep your trash away from your pet. If your pet has the ability to get inside the cupboards to get at the trash (like my grandparents' dog does), then purchase one of those kid locks, that only adults can open. Pets won't be able to get past that, and then your trash will be safe. Also, keep the recycle bin away from your pet. If the recycle bin is out in the garage, then just make sure that your pet doesn't go out there unsupervised. There are ways to protect your pet against the dangers of tin cans, and so as a pet owner, you need to be taking full measures to protect the health and well being of your pet.
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