In a recent blog from "Spot Speaks", Dr Nancy Kay listed the 10 most reported calls to the Pet Poison Hotlines. Here they are:
Top Ten Toxins Reported in 2011 Helpline Calls
- Foods- specifically chocolate, xylitol, grapes, and raisins.
- Insecticides- sprays, bait stations, and spot on flea and tick treatments.
- Rodenticides (mouse and rat poisons). By the way, rodenticides pose the potential for relay toxicity- pets can be poisoned by eating rodents that have died from the toxin.
- Human nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
- Household cleaning products.
- Antidepressant drugs prescribed for people (Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Effexor).
- Fertilizers including bone meal, blood meal, and iron based products.
- Acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in Tylenol and many over the counter cough and cold remedies.
- Amphetamine based human drugs including Adderall and Concerta.
- Veterinary nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications (particularly those that are in tasty chewable tablet form) including Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Previcox.
Please be sure to keep all of these products away from where your pet can access them. If you do run into a situation where you believe your pet ingested something that could be harmful, call :
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center - 1-888-426-4435 or
Pet Poison Hotline - 1-800-213-6680.