Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Top Ten Poisons

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Based on our Pet Poison Helpline call volume and extensive database, here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Now keep in mind that some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic (like ant baits and silica packs). When in doubt, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!

Dog Poisons:

Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
Caffeine Pills

Cat Poisons:

Topical spot-on insecticides
Household Cleaners
Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
Glow Sticks
ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
Mouse and Rat Poison

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet. Read the entire article

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