Pet Poison Danger: Top Ten Dog and Cat Poisons

236506The average home is filled with hundreds of poisonous substances. The four legged members of the family are among the most vulnerable.

“Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, we receive calls from distressed pet owners across the country,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “In addition to dealing with the stress of an emergency situation, they are often forced to cope with feelings of regret in light of a mishap that, in most cases, could have been avoided.”


Pet poison prevention at home starts with awareness of harmful substances, educating family, and training pets. There are also common outdoor dangers including: antifreeze, insecticides, snail bait, plants, and some mulch.

The Top Ten Dog Poisons:

1. Chocolate
2. Mouse and Rat Poisons
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, etc.)
7. Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
8. Xylitol (artificial sweeter in many products including gum)
9. Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
10. Caffeine Pills

The Top Ten Cat Poisons:

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 or Rat Poison

Many common foods can be dangerous to animals. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center advises pet owners to avoid feeding avocado, coffee, fatty foods, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, onions and onion powder, mushrooms, raisins, grapes, garlic, moldy or spoiled foods. Raw or under cooked poultry can contain Salmonella. Fruit pits can cause intestinal blockage.

The Pet Poison Helpline is a 24/7 animal poison control service available for pet owners and veterinary professionals. This video takes you inside the service and how it works to save the lives of animals:


You can learn more about the Pet Poison Helpline on their Facebook Page

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