If you live in an apartment and have a pet, for your pet’s safety ensure dogs are on a leash, and cats are in carriers at all times when outside of your apartment, and that they are calm and well behaved when exposed to people and other pets. It’s important to also be aware of any potential risks you may find around your apartment common areas; things like plants or flowers that may be toxic to your pet or high staircases where your pet may trip or fall down.
VetAssist expert Dr Claire says, “It’s essential to be absolutely sure that there are no hazards in your home, and indoor plants can be one. Eating any plant material can cause vomiting and tummy upsets in cats and dogs, and there are some indoor plants that are particularly toxic.
Some lilies ( including Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show lilies) are highly toxic and life threatening to cats. Even a small amount licked or eaten can result in severe kidney failure - if this happens, you should see your Vet immediately.
The Peace Lily doesn't cause kidney disease like other lilies but, similar to some other common indoor plants, including the Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) and Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata), and despite its name, its ingestion typically causes irritation of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, and may cause salivation, vomiting and diarrhoea.”
If you need some advice on how to help your pets with living in an apartment, all Woolworths Pet Insurance customers have exclusive and unlimited access to VetAssist†. The VetAssist vets are available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home and can help with credible vet advice on a number of things including training and behaviour.
Use VetAssist for those moments when you need advice, but your local Vet is unavailable, or when you notice changes in your Pet, but you’re unsure if a visit is needed. In the event of an emergency, you should contact your Vet immediately.
The vets can help with a new or ongoing condition or advise about behaviour or feeding.
Some of these include:
Not all conditions, treatments and vet visits are covered by pet insurance. VetAssist Vets are not able to prescribe medication or provide you with any information about your insurance policy. Any consultation with VetAssist does not guarantee an approved claim.