Here is a list of the Top 12 Household Pet Poisons: are any of these in your home?
- Human prescription medications – including anti-depressants, blood pressure and heart medications.
- Human non-prescription medications – including anti-inflammatory medications (Tylenol, ALEVE, Advil).
- Pesticides – including warfarin, coumarin and Vitamin D.
- Preservative packets – silica and food oxidization preventives.
- Household Cleaners.
- Hydrocarbons/Petroleum products.
- Xylitol – found in chewing gum, candies and baked goods.
- Certain fruits and treats such as; grapes, raisins & currants.
- Plants – including lilies, bulbs, sago palms and lily of the valley.
- Insecticides – pyrethrins, pyrethroids (cats are particularly sensitive to these).
- Chocolate – powdered cocoa, baking chocolate and chocolate bars.
If you believe your pet has ingested, or been exposed to these things time can be very important!
Time sensitive treatment and urgency of treatment, can vary hugely with different toxic-ants. We will need to know the exact name of the product, the strength of the product, the size of the package and the amount your pet could have consumed.
The UPC code on the package can be very useful. *ALWAYS KEEP THE PACKAGING* We will need to know how long ago your pet might first have been exposed, and what signs they are already showing.
“Prevention Is The Best Approach”
Be Aware Of Which Products Are In Your Home:
- Ensure medication is always kept inaccessible (sometimes a closed purse is just a challenge) and that you always have some idea of how much of your prescription is remaining in the bottle.
- Make sure toxic treats such as; certain fruits and vegetables, raisins and chocolate products are kept sealed, and placed on shelves behind a closed pantry door.
- Be certain you can name and define all your household plants as non-toxic.
- Toxic products such as; household cleaners, petroleum based products, pesticides, and insecticides should be stored safely out of reach of animals and children.
If you have any questions regarding risk, please contact us – we are happy to be a resource for you!