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Top 10 Poisons to Dogs and Cats

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Each year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline receives hundreds of thousands of phone calls involving pets exposed to a potentially poisonous substance.

In recognition of Poison Prevention Week March 18-24 CARE Veterinary Center shares our list of the Top 10 Poisonous Substance to Pets.

Dog Poisons:
1. Chocolate
2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
3. Anti-inflammatory medications
4. Xylitol (sugar-free gum & more)
5. Grapes and Raisins
6. Antidepressant Medications
7. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
8. Vitamin D Overdose
9. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)
10. Fertilizers: herbicides and fungicides

Cat Poisons:
1. Lilies (Lilium species)
2. Spot-on flea/tick medication for dogs
3. Household Cleaners
4. Antidepressant Medications
5. Essential Oils
6. Anti-inflammatory Medications
7. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
8. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)
9. Onions and Garlic
10. Vitamin D Overdose

Indications of toxicity include gastrointestinal (e.g., drooling, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea) and central nervous system (e.g., weakness, ataxia, seizures, tremors, etc.), cardiac.

You know your pet’s behavior better than anyone so if something seems wrong, go with your instinct. If you suspect your chow hound or grazing feline has ingested any questionable substance or food, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 ($65 fee). Remain calm, call your veterinarian, and gather up any of the remaining potential poison - this may be helpful to the doctor. Timely and accurate information could save the life of your pet. If an emergency does arise and your pet needs immediate attention, CARE is there for your fur baby. With our 24/7, 365 days a year, our hospital is always open and fully staffed to handle any emergency. It’s always a good idea to call ahead and let us know you are on your way.

Eliminating the dangers and preventing exposure reduces the chances your fur baby will be the victim of poisoning. Pet-proof your home!