Top 5 Pet Poisons

1.) Plants: More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. Poisonous plants can cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death.

* Some moderate to severe toxic plants: azalea/rhododendrons, poinsettias, lilies (life-threatening in small amounts), tulip bulbs, chrysanthemums, oleander,

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jimsonweed, and nightshade. In tropical areas, some species of Sago Palms are toxic to animals.

2.) People Food: Some people food can cause serious harm to our pets. Examples include – grapes, raisins, avocado, macadamia nuts, onions (anemia and even death) and garlic. One of the worst offenders is chocolate which contains large amount of methylxanthines and if ingested can cause vomiting, excessive thirst, and in severe cases, tremors and seizures.

3.) Chemical Hazards: Antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is the biggest culprit in this category. Leaky radiators form puddles on your driveway. Cat/dogs are attracted to the sweet smell and can ingest it. Other chemicals to be aware of are paint thinner and pool/spa cleaners.

4.) Fertilizer: Fertilizers can cause problems for your outdoor cats/dogs. Be careful which fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides you use. Many cats love to eat grass and the chemicals can transfer onto your pet’s favorite toy.

5.) Medications/Pesticides: Watch where you store your medications! Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor. Examples of extremely toxic medications to cats are Tylenol and phenazopyridine. Also be aware of misuse of flea and tick products; such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. For example – Advantix for dogs (or other topical pesticides for dogs or humans –DEE & permethrin) to treat fleas/ticks can be toxic to cats. If you share a home with both a cat and a dog; a cat can lick/rub the fur of the dog and become exposed. So be careful!

If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, don’t panic; rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your pet.
If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance; even if you do not notice any immediate adverse affects!

You can call your veterinarian for assistance or the American Association of Poison Control Centers poisoning emergency number is 1-800-222-1222 and can be called from anywhere in the United States (be aware their will be a consultation fee).

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