Common Toxins Pet Owners Need Know About

National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) is almost over. But it is never too late to spread the word about poison prevention.


The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline have shared some revealing statistics on the types of household items that are most problematic. The organization has compiled two helpful lists that include the top-five most common toxins for cats and dogs based on the emergency calls it received last year. Here are the results:



Top-Five Common Toxins for Dogs


• Human medications, including over-the-counter (OTC), such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, and prescription medications, such as antidepressants.


• Human foods, such as dark chocolate, sugarless gums and candies, raisins and grapes.


• Insecticides


• Rodenticides


• Dietary supplements and vitamins








Top-Five Common Toxins for Cats


• Topical spot-on insecticides


• Household cleaners


• Antidepressants


• Poisonous plants


• Human and veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), such as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen.


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