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Top 10 Common Pet Toxins

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Top 10 Common Pet Toxins

Dogs and cats often have a penchant for eating strange things. Whether by instinct or hunger, or simply the mysterious behavior that pets are known to have; cats will often gravitate toward plastic or wool, and many a dog will chew on whatever it can get its chops around. Unfortunately, the results can be less than positive. A chewed shoe is one thing, but a chewed prescription medication bottle and its contents are another.

Every year the ASPCA compiles a list of the top substances toxic to pets based on calls from the previous year. In 2010, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, fielded more than 167,000 phone calls about pets exposed to poisonous substances. Here is the list of top toxins:

1. Human Medications
Human medications topped the list of pet toxins for 2010. A quarter of the center’s calls were about medications ingested by pets. The most common ones were over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, as well as antidepressants and ADHD medications.

If you have unused medication, though, do not flush it down the toilet! Much of our water supply is tainted with pollution from medication. Instead, find out how to properly dispose of medicine in a way safe to pets, wildlife, and the environment.

See How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:31PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

while i don't have most of these items in my house, my dog does try to share grapes. I will have to make sure she doesn't get any.

9:20AM PDT on May 4, 2011

thanks

9:20AM PDT on May 4, 2011

thanks

10:56PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Thanks for sharing, they'll be a lot healthier animals. now.

9:57AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

pets need the same precautions as chilren do. my pets are my children

1:19PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Very helpful, but it's mostly common sense. Thank u

12:06AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thank you for sharing, also Nikki R. regarding Swiffer-Mop good info to know

7:56AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Thanks

8:32AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

noted.

10:42PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

useful info

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