The 10 most common pet toxins according to the ASPCA Poison Control Center.
#10 most common pet toxin- AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS– With more people keeping their animals inside (especially cats), the number of animals exposed to automotive products (particularly antifreeze because of it’s sweet taste) has dropped. Many of these products, if ingested, can be life-threatening to pets.
#9 most common pet toxin LAWN AND GARDEN PRODUCTS Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets, there was almost 3,900 calls in 2011 on lawn and garden items.
#8 most common pet toxin PLANTS About 4% of phone calls are about animals eating plants. This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats. Other dangerous plants include Sago Palm, Coontie Palm, and Poinsettia.
#7 most common pet toxin RODENTICIDES When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet. Most bait is grain based and is attractive to dogs. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure, or seizures.
#6 most common pet toxin VETERINARY MEDICATIONS Chewable medications make it easy to give your dog or cat a pill. However, this tasty pill can also mean that the pet, if given access, will ingest all the pills in the bottle. Always make sure to keep pet medications out of reach. Contact your veterinarian if your pet ingests more than its proper dose of medication or ingests another pet’s medication.
#5 most common pet toxin HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS It is amazing what animals can find to chew up around the house from fire logs to paint. Some household items may just cause stomach upset, while others can be deadly. Make sure to to practice safe spring cleaning and do not allow products to come in contact with or be inhaled by your pet.
# 4 most common pet toxin PEOPLE FOOD Chocolate is still the number one people food that pets ingest (with over 7,600 calls last year). Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures. The second most common food is xylitol (the sugar substitute commonly found in gum). Also be cautious with bones, raisins, onions, alcohol, garlic, raw dough, caffeine, macadamia nuts, and avocado.
#3 most common pet toxin OVER-THE-COUNTER HUMAN MEDICATIONS Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be very dangerous for your pet. Never give any medication to your pet without consulting with your veterinarian first, even well intentioned pet owners can unknowingly poison their pet.
#2 most common pet toxin INSECTICIDES These include products used on the lawn, in the house, and on the pet. The most important thing to do is read the label before you use any insecticide, and never use a product labeled for dogs on cats. Pets, especially cats, can also be very sensitive to over-the-counter flea products containing pyrethrins.
#1 most common pet toxin PRESCRIPTION HUMAN MEDICATIONS Almost 25,000 calls were about human prescription medications. Pets, especially dogs, are notorious for ingesting any dropped pill. Cardiac and ADHD medications make up a large percentage of these calls. Always make sure to take these medications in a safe place away from your pets.
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