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The Following Are The Top 10 Pet Poisons Your Pets Should Avoid.




1 - Prescription Human Medications:

Medications like: Heart medications, Pain relievers, anti-depressants, and amphetamines top the list of most frequently exposed toxins for the last five years.

2 - Insecticides:

Most homes have various insecticides that can be very toxic to our pets such as: ant and roach bates, Organophosphates, Pyrethrins (especially cats), Carbamates, and many more. The most reported insecticide related poisons are associated with accidental application of dog flea and tick medications to the household cat.

3 - Over-the-Counter Human Medications:

Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Naproxen, Nutraceuticals (fish oil, joint supplements), and Fat Soluble vitamins.

4 - Veterinary Products and Medications:

Veterinary medications are commonly flavored to increase a pets compliance, unfortunately this also leads to over indulgence. In some cases pets have been found to eat an entire bottle of medications which can prove to be very toxic.

5 - Household Products:

Paints, Varnishes, cleaners, and random objects that may become ingested and cause stomach or intestinal obstructions.

6 - People Food:

Raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, Xylitol (sugar substitute), Onions, Garlic, and Avocados can all be toxic to animals. Foods that are high in fat and protein can also cause life threatening pancreatitis.

7 - Chocolate:

Continues to hold the number one spot for the most common food toxicity causing: diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, heart abnormalities, and even death.

8 - Plants:

Some common house hold plants that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even organ failure are: Lilies, Daffodils, Sago palm, Chrysanthemums, Oleander, and holiday plants such as: Mistletoe and Holly.

9 - Rodenticides:

Common over the counter baits/rodenticides that are designed to kill rodents like: rats, mice, moles, voles, etc are tempting treats for pets and account for more than 4% of national calls to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. These poisons can cause internal bleeding, organ failure, and death.

10 - Lawn and Garden Products:

Fertilizers, weed killers, and herbicides. In a 1991 study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute a direct link was found between malignant lymphoma in dogs and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the herbicide, 2,4-D.

If you ever suspect your pet may have ingested something poisonous please contact your veterinarian immediately or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435

Sources: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Top 10 Pet Poisons, 2012