Pet Poison Helpline

Poison Prevention Week: Know Your Poisons

Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24 , a good time to check around the house for items that might hurt your pet(s). The Pet Poison Helpline website (@PetPoisonHelp on Twitter) is a great resource and yielded these Top Ten Lists.

The Pet Poison Helpline fields emergency calls from both pet guardians and veterinarians in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. While the service charges a small fee ($39 U.S.), they have veterinary poison specialists on hand all the time. The information on the website is free.

If your dog or cat eats something poisonous call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately! The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.

The Top Ten Dog Poisons

  • Chocolate
  • Insect bait stations
  • Mouse and rat poison
  • Fertilizers (even compost)
  • Xylitol-containing products (i.e., sugar-free gums and candies)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
  • Silica gel packs
  • Amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)
  • Household cleaners

The Top Ten Cat Poisons

  • Lilies
  • Topical flea and tick medicine designed for dogs only
  • Household cleaners
  • Mouse and rat poison
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Rimadyl®, Deramaxx®)
  • Glow sticks/glow jewelry
  • Amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)

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