Wednesday, March 16, 2022

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month


Many common household items are poisonous to pets.  

The most common food toxins for pets are chocolate, xylitol (sugar-free chewing gum), grapes, raisins, caffeine, onions & macadamia nuts. The degree to which a food can be fatal depends upon the size, health and age of the animal and the amount ingested.  Medications and medicated candies (e.g. THC gummies) are another huge potential toxin as it is so easy to accidentally drop a pill on the floor.   Some pets are curious and will be attracted to the bottle of medication and ingest it.  Yard fertilizers, insecticides, rat poison and even some plants can harm pets too.  Keep purses, backpacks and especially medications in a secure location far away from pesky paws.  Ingestion of poisons can be fatal.   If you think your pet has ingested toxins, call your vet & the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.