March is Pet Poison Awareness Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.   There are many potentially harmful items that exist in our homes that we may not realize could be harmful to our pets.  Based on call volume, the Pet Poison Helpline reports these as the top 10 most common toxins:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
  3. Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
  4. NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
  5. Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
  6. Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
  7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
  8. Xylitol (common in toothpaste and chewing gum)
  9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
  10. Caffeine Pills

Store the Pet Poison Helpline 800-213-6680 and the ASPCA Poison Control 888-426-4435 numbers in your phone.  The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) also has a free mobile app that allows you to easily identify items, level of toxicity, side effects, and actions to take if ingested.  Look for it in your Google Play or App Store and pet proof your home today, this month (if you’re a procrastinator),  to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach!

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