Pets and People Meds: Preventing a Pet Poisoning Emergency

pet poisonsMost pet owners go to great lengths to keep their furry loved ones safe, but many of us end up overlooking the potential for a pet poisoning situation right in our own homes.

Every year, one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and half of calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are about pets ingesting human medications. By learning how to protect your pet from accidentally ingesting human medication, you can help to turn this statistic around, one pet at a time.

Meet Your Meds

The most common medications ingested by pets, according to the APCC and Pet Poison Helpline, are as follows:

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Common Pet Toxins in Your Purse, Backpack, or Gym Bag

As a pet guardian, you know how adept your pet can be in snarfling out hidden tasty morsels. There are no limits when it comes to a pet’s ability to find food, and generally speaking, the nose is the primary way animals explore the world. That’s why many pets often get into items we may assume are safe, like a school bag or purse.

The contents of a backpack, purse, or gym bag can be particularly interesting. Items like school lunches, medications, flavored chapstick, or any number of other items can present pet poisoning dangers to our fur friends.

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Sweet Dangers: Why Chocolate Is Bad For Pets

Deerfield_VolVet_iStock_000000406874_MediumWhitman’s, Godiva, See’s, Russell Stover, truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries… Ok, you get the point.

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, many of us have chocolate on the brain, whether we are buying a box for a special someone, hoping to receive our favorite chocolates, or just love the sweet, dark, confection in general.

As wonderful as it is, chocolate is not without it’s dangers for our furry loved-ones. Chocolate is toxic to pets and poses a serious threat if ingested. Understanding why chocolate is bad for pets, what to look for, and how to help, could save your pet’s life. Continue…

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Avoiding An Antifreeze Pet Poisoning All Year Round

iStock_000027491203_LargeWhile we’re lucky to have such lovely temperate weather, some winter temperatures feel oh-so-chilly, especially in the fog or early morning hours. The mercury hovering somewhere in the 40s may not warrant indiscriminate use of winterizing chemicals, but many SF residents find their way to higher altitudes for the best in winter sports.

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