Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

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March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month! Understanding what potential harmful poisons exist in your home and yard is the first step to keeping your pet safe. Based on the Pet Poison Helpline call volume and database, here are the top 10 most common toxins that the helpline gets called about. Now keep in mind that some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic. When in doubt, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem.

Dog Poisons:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
  3. Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
  4. NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  5. Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
  6. Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
  7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  8. Xylitol (common in toothpaste and chewing gum – read your labels to ensure your pet is safe!)
  9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  10. Caffeine Pills

Cat Poisons:

  1. Topical spot-on insecticides
  2. Household Cleaners
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Lilies
  5. Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
  6. Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
  7. Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
  8. Glow Sticks
  9. ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
  10. Mouse and Rat Poison

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call the helpline or your veterinarian for assistance. Don’t wait! It could be the moment that saves your pets life!

 

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