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    Default Threats to pets?

    Just wondering...

    What are the hazards to domestic pets living in Hawaii? I remember reading something about toads that are particularly poisonous. What about the centipedes and scorpions? What about things cats or dogs might try to eat? How do you protect the little guys?


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    Cars are the biggest threat to pets in Hawaii, every day dozens of pets are hit by cars, and many are killed or seriously injured. I've seen cars not even try to avoid animals, in fact it seems like they deliberately try to run them over.

    My cats play with centipedes without any harm, and don't mess with toads. A bigger danger is access to poisonous materials. In the last 2 years I've had three stray cats get sick and sicker and finally die due to some kind of poison. The Vet says probably someone in my neighborhood left out a pan of anti-freeze, which is evidently fatal to cats.

    I'll let someone more knowledgeable talk about toads; my dog stays away from them.

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    Not only do you worry about what your pets are eating... sometimes you worry about your pets getting eaten.

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    When I interviewed for the Gas Company back in 1982, our safety manager asked me if I were driving a truck with a heavy payload and a dog wandered in front of my vehicle, what would I do? The two choices were swerve and avoid hitting it, or hit it?

    I answered, "hit it". He asked why. I responded when carrying a heavy load, I would lose control of my vehicle as the weight shifted during this evasive action. If I were in traffic or if there were pedestrians, my out of control truck could seriously injure or kill others.

    That apparently was the correct answer.

    I've seen a driver avoid hitting a mongoose on the road by instinctively swerving...into oncoming traffic, making that vehicle swerve into the shoulder which happened to be a sidewalk with pedestrians on it. Those people had to jump out of the way. All because of a mongoose.

    As for cats playing with centipedes, I don't worry about it simply because they don't seem affected by them. As a matter of fact, cats are a great way of keeping them away. Toads are dangerous to dogs. My stupid dog still doesn't get it and tries to bite those toads at night even after doing so several times and me washing his mouth out...repeatedly. At night I leash him up near the house instead of in the yard where they tend to hang out.
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    http://www.paradiseanimalclinic.com/385954.html
    Here are some dangers to pets:

    Paraquat Poisoning
    Leptospirosis
    Heartworms
    Ehrlichiosis
    Toad Poisoning
    Feline Liver Flukes


    http://www.petsonthego.com/imphawaii.html
    Quarantine info for inbound pets
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    When I interviewed for the Gas Company back in 1982, our safety manager asked me if I were driving a truck with a heavy payload and a dog wandered in front of my vehicle, what would I do? The two choices were swerve and avoid hitting it, or hit it?

    I answered, "hit it". He asked why. I responded when carrying a heavy load, I would lose control of my vehicle as the weight shifted during this evasive action. If I were in traffic or if there were pedestrians, my out of control truck could seriously injure or kill others.

    That apparently was the correct answer.
    There's no question that's right. I would also argue that when you're carrying a "precious" payload (read: human passengers), then even more so, your responsibility and concerns for their safety and wellbeing needs to come first over some stray animal on the road. As much of a dog lover as I am, I would not evasively steer if the traffic conditions were such that there was even a remote chance of someone in my car getting hurt. Fortunately, that scenario has not happened to me yet.
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    naturally as a truck driver you'd want to avoid any loss of life and would drive cautiously enough to foresee a dog wandering around traffic. But they bolt and they get in the way at times.

    In my case the interview was about driving a truck carrying 4000 gallons of liquified petroleum gas or Propane. Hitting a dog would amount to a damaged front bumper. Hitting another vehicle head on could mean a blast crater 20-feet across and 10-feet deep with fatalities in the blast area and blown out windows up to a quarter mile away.

    Hit the dog.
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    Agreed that cars--actually drivers--are the biggest threat to pets anywhere. Our dog is always on a very secure leash when not safely in the house. Really makes me crazy when I see people letting their dogs walk around loose. Whose fault is it going to be when they run into traffic?

    Thanks for all the responses.

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    http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/f...-pets-1455341/

    Treating pets as living garbage disposals was wrong.

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