Protecting Your Pet From Common and Unsuspecting Poisons

I love animals, especially dogs. As a mommy to a super-energetic Chocolate Lab, and after recently losing my beloved “nephew” Scooter (an amazingly sweet Daschund) to causes unknown, I feel moved to share this information from the Pet Poison Helpline with you. Please do the same. Let’s educate ourselves to protect our pets.
 
 Top 10 Poisons from Pet Poison Helpline
 
 Dogs
 
 1. Chocolate
 
 2. Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
 
 3. Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
 
 4. Human 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 (commonly found in sugarless candy, gum and toothpaste)
 
 9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
 
 10. Caffeine Pills
 
 
 Cats
 
 1. Topical spot-on insecticides
 
 2. Household Cleaners
 
 3. Antidepressants
 
 4. Lilies
 
 5. Insoluble Oxalate Plants (e.g., Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, etc.)
 
 6. Human and Veterinary NSAIDs
 
 7. Cold and Flu Medication (e.g., Tylenol)
 
 8. Glow Sticks
 
 9. ADD/ADHD Medications/Amphetamines
 
 10. Mouse and Rat Poison
 
 
 If you think that your dog or cat has ingested a toxin, call Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.
 
 
 Sources:
 
 – Pet Poison Helpline
 – American Kennel Club

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