05 Apr Batteries And Your Pets
Most pet owners know that batteries can be dangerous if chewed on or swallowed. The majority of household batteries (including AA and AAA batteries) contain a highly alkali electrolyte paste. Pets that chew on or ingest these batteries can be at risk of severe burns to their gastrointestinal tract. Disc or button batteries that get lodged in the throat can result in severe burns even when they are swallowed in-tact.
Whilst not a common reason for calling the Helpline, last year we assisted 42 dogs that had chewed on or ingested batteries. Over 70% of these dogs were aged one year or younger. Batteries involved in these cases were most often found in hearing aids. Other battery sources included remote controls, toys, watches, fairy lights, and other expensive electronics! Some dogs also managed to get direct access to packets of batteries.
To keep your pets safe, please store batteries in a safe area that they cannot gain access to. Keep battery containing electronics out of reach of your pets, particularly if you are the owner of a younger dog. If you suspect that your pet has ingested a battery, immediate veterinary attention is required even if your pet looks well. Disc or button batteries also present a risk to human toddlers and children. For human poisons information, you can follow our friends at the NSW Poisons Information Centre.
☎️ If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.
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