Top 5 Most Hazardous Handbag Contents Published December 5, 2011

Handbags: Reservoirs for Items Toxic to Pets To a dog or cat, a handbag or backpack can be like an amusement park. In one compact place, she can find many flavorful treasures to nuzzle, sniff and chew. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if all the contents in handbags and backpacks were safe …continue reading


Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners about Summer Plants and Substances Poisonous to Dogs and Cat Published July 11, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 11, 2011) – Many would say that summer is the best time of year – it’s when we spend the most time in the great outdoors with our families, friends and pets. Unbeknownst to many pet owners, summer also brings with it certain flowers, substances …continue reading


Top 5 Selling Human Medications & What Happens When Pets Eat Them Published May 23, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (May 23, 2011) – The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics recently released a report that included the top five human prescription (Rx) drugs sold in the United States. “Nearly half of the calls we receive are for pets that have accidentally ingested human medications,” said Dr. …continue reading


Top Five Cat Toxins of 2010 Published April 29, 2011

It is no surprise that dogs and cats are, by far, the most common pets in U.S. households today. The cat population in the U.S. outnumbers dogs by more than 10 million, making them the most populous pet species. This is due, in large part, to apartment …continue reading


Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time Published April 4, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 4, 2011) – The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, a national 24/7 animal poison control center, receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly …continue reading


National Poison Prevention Week March 20-26 Published March 20, 2011

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Common Household Items For 46 years, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week by U.S. Public Law 87-319. This year, it is observed March 20-26. According to the National Safety Council, thousands of lives have been saved …continue reading


Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners About Halloween Dangers Published October 4, 2010

During the week of Halloween, calls to the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline increase by 12 percent, making it the call center’s busiest time of year. The helpline, which is a 24-hour service, assists pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are treating potentially poisoned pets.…continue reading



Top Pet Poisonings in 2011 From Pet Poison Hotline

Chocolate – the darker and the more bitter the more toxic

Xylitol –  sweetener found in “sugarless” gums and candies

Grapes/raisins – cause kidney failure

Insecticides – can be deadly to cats (this is only for pyrethrins/pyrethroids), especially organophosphates (this is deadly for dogs and cats!) and pyrethrins/pyrethroids and cats

Rodenticides – Can cause internal bleeding kidney failure, severe vomiting/bloating, and brain swelling, depending on what type of mouse and rat poison is ingested)

NSAID’s – stomach ulcers and kidney failure, ibuprofen (Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve), Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – liver failure, dry eye…one tablet may kill a cat

                *** Remember some cough and cold medications contain Tylenol***

Household cleaners - toilet bowel cleaners, lye, drain cleaners, rust removers, calcium/lime removers

Antidepressants – cause sedation, incoordination, agitation, tremors and seizures, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor

Fertilizers – can cause pancreatitis or an intestinal obstruction, bone meal, blood meal, iron products

Amphetamine type human medications for ADD/ADHD – cause life threatening tremors, seizures, and heart problems, Adderall, Concerta

Veterinary pain relievers: In a cat even tiny amounts could result in kidney failure, Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox

Household Products That Can Poison Your Pet


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