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March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Top 10 Poisons for Cats and Dogs

March is Poison Prevention awareness month and it was designed to help increase the level of education to the general public of potential household risks to our loved ones. It focuses on basic everyday items like hand sanitizer, household chemicals, detergents and vitamins and over-the-counter and prescription medications and how to keep your children safe from them. But children aren’t the only loved ones in our family that can be accidentally poisoned. Our beloved pets have access to poisons that their pet parents aren’t even aware of. 

Educating pet parents on toxic substances is the best preventative measure that can be taken to keep our pets safe and avoid the heartache and expense of losing a loved member of your family. Just like children, pets are curious.  According to the Pet Poison Helpline 91% of calls that come in involve dogs.  In most cases, this is just a matter of educating yourself on how to pet proof your home and keep toxic substances out of your paws reach.  For more information on pet proofing your home click here.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline these are the top 10 poisons that they get calls for dogs and cats but it by no means is a complete list of poisons.  Click here for a complete list of poisons for dogs and cats. 

Dog Poisons:
1. Chocolate
2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
3. Anti-inflammatory medications
4. Xylitol (sugar-free gum & more)
5. Grapes & Raisins
6. Antidepressant Medications
7. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
8. Vitamin D Overdose
9. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)
10. Fertilizers
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 & Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
8. Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)
9. Onions & Garlic
10. Vitamin D Overdose
If you have any suspicion that your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 or your veterinarian for assistance as soon as possible. Being able to accurately identify what your pet has ingested is very important so having the container, package, label or plant nearby will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.  For detailed Emergency Instructions from the Pet Poison Helpline click here.