Friday, April 24, 2015

Veterinary Highlights: Top 10 Most Common Pet Toxins of 2014

Perhaps in a wild dogs and wolves figure it out which things they should stay away from. But they are living in our environment, exposed to foreign, and often yummy tasting, things can make them very sick or even kill them.

It is up to us to keep such things away from our dogs.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) released a list of the toxins that were the biggest culprits in 2014. The APCC handled more than 167,000 calls involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances in 2014. Which items are on the top 10 list?

No big surprises there.

  1. Human prescription medications
  2. Over-the-counter medications
  3. Insecticides
  4. Household items (paints, cleaning products)
  5. Human foods toxic to dogs
  6. Veterinary medications
  7. Chocolate
  8. Toxic plants
  9. Rodenticides
  10. Lawn and garden products

Most of us know what things are toxic. Let's do a better job of keeping them away from our dogs.

For searchable database of more than 275 toxins and other helpful information, you can download free APCC by ASPCA mobile app. Good one to always have handy.

If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Source article:
Ten Most Common Pet Toxins of 2014

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