Expert Study Shows The Most Common Culprits Of Pet Poisoning

Dog and cat owners take heed, pet poisoning is more prevalent than you think. Read below to find the most likely candidates to harm your pets.
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March 23, 2011 - PRLog -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - drew its list of harmful pet toxins from 167,000 calls to its Poison Control Center in 2010.

Human medications topped the list for the third year in a row, followed by insecticides, rodenticides, "people food" and veterinary medicine improperly administered or accidentally ingested.

Human medications: The most common culprits include over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, antidepressants and ADHD medications. Pets often accidentally ingest medication when pills are dropped on the floor. Always store medication far away from roving noses and, if you drop it on the floor, pick it up before your pet finds it.

Insecticides: The most serious poisonings occurred in animals when flea control products were given (orally or topically) in the wrong dose or in the wrong species. These products are manufactured specifically to suit dogs or cats and are dosed according to weight. Always follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully when using them for your pets. Insecticides used indoors and outdoors to control crawling and flying insects are also to blame for pet poisoning. Read the label before using these products and store them in tightly sealed containers.

Rodenticides: Baits used to kill mice and rats are mostly grain-based, which also attract dogs, cats and other animals. Several types of rodenticides can cause seizures, internal bleeding or kidney failure. Keep all of these baits away from your pets.

People food: Grapes, raisins, onions, garlic and baker's (dark) chocolate topped the list of people food that are toxic to pets. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in many types of foods, can cause low blood sugar and organ failure in dogs.

Veterinary medications: Just like human medications can fall into the wrong paws, so too can pet medications. Pay special attention to meds that are particularly tasty to dogs such as flavoured chewables. Keep all pet meds far away from your pet and if you have any questions regarding the appropriate dose, ask your veterinarian for clarification.

The poisioning of your pet is a very serious matter and all precautions necessary should be taken to avoid. If you think your pet has been poisoned, even if the cause isn't included on this list, contact your veterinarian (or 24-hour veterinary clinic) immediately for instructions.


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