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5 Household Items That Are Poisonous to Pets

5 Household Items That Are Poisonous to Pets

Last week was National Poison Prevention Week. The ASPCA reported that their Animal Poison Control Center in Illinois “handled nearly 180,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances in 2013, many of which are everyday household items.” The following poisonous household items caused the most frequent calls to their Animal Poison Control Center.

1. Prescription Human Medications

The ASPCA stated that this was the “top offender for the sixth year in a row.” People that love their pets don’t purposely give them prescription human drugs. However, they may accidentally drop a pill on the floor and their pet gobbles it up before they can intercept. One way to avoid this is to only take your medication in the bathroom, with the door closed and your pets on the other side of the door.

2. Insecticides

The ASPCA reported that “16% of all calls to their poison hotline in 2013 were related to insecticides used in the yard, home, and on our animals. They suggest always reading the label while shopping for insecticides for use on your pet, or in your home or yard.

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3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications

While you may take tylenol to relieve your headache, your dog may think it’s a treat for him when he finds it on the floor. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements, can be life threatening to our pets and accounted for nearly 15% of calls to the poison center in 2013.

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4. Household Products

Nearly 17,000 calls were placed to the poison center after pets ingested toxins in cleaning products and fire logs. Best to keep these out of reach of your pets.

5. People Food

While you may have been drinking green beer or green smoothies on St. Paddy’s Day, I hope your dogs didn’t eat any green grapes. Even a small number of grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs of many sizes. Also, make sure your pets don’t have access to chocolate, onions, garlic, raisins and the sugar substitute xylitol.

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Other poisonous pet toxins include rodenticides, plants, lawn & garden products, and an overdose of veterinary medications. If you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please immediately contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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thanks for sharing :)

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Thank you

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Very informative.

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Good article.

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