Monday, March 12, 2012

I receive emails from Dr. Nancy Kay, a veterinarian. Her posts are great and informative. I wanted to share this one with you on Pet Poisons.

Two poison control
organizations that I strongly recommend, and which are available to you 24/7 are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and the Pet Poison Helpline (1-800-213-6680). If
uncertain if your pet has ingested or been exposed to something that is toxic, call one of these organizations right away. You will either be fully reassured or instructed on what course of action to take.
The Pet Poison Helpline recently released their "top ten list" of toxicities based on calls received during 2011. They are ranked below in order of frequency:

Top Ten Toxins Reported in 2011 Helpline Calls
--Foods- specifically
chocolate, xylitol, grapes, and raisins.
--Insecticides- sprays, bait stations, and spot on flea and tick treatments.
--Rodenticides (mouse and rat poisons). By the way, rodenticides pose the potential for relay toxicity- pets can be poisoned by eating rodents that have died from the toxin.
--Human nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
--Household cleaning products (all the more reason I don't like to clean- could be harmful for my pets!).
--Antidepressant drugs prescribed for people (Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Effexor).
--Fertilizers including bone meal, blood meal, and iron based products.
--Acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in Tylenol and many over the counter cough and cold remedies.
--Amphetamine based human drugs including Adderall and Concerta.
--Veterinary nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications (particularly those that are in tasty chewable tablet form) including Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Previcox.
Best wishes,
Nancy Kay,
DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
--Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
--Author of Your Dog's Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
--Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
--Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
--Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best
--Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health AwardRecipient, AKC Club
Publication Excellence Award

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