March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month

What You Don’t Know Can Kill Them

As professional pet sitters and dog walkers, we are aware that there are many common household items or foods that can be fatal to dogs and cats.  Since the month of March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month, here are the Top 10 Pet Poisons for dogs and cats.  Keep in mind that some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic (like ant baits and silica packs). When in doubt, call your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!

Top 10 Dog Poisons

  1. Chocolate
  2. Insect bait stations
  3. Mouse and rat poison
  4. Fertilizers
  5. Xylitol-containing products (i.e., sugar-free gums and candies)
  6. Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)
  7. Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
  8. Silica gel packs
  9. Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  10. Household cleaners

Top 10 Cat Poisons

  1. Lilies
  2. Topical flea and tick medicine designed for dogs but put on cats by mistake
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Mouse and rat poisons
  5. Paints and varnishes
  6. Veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Rimadyl®, Deramaxx®)
  7. Glow sticks/glow jewelry
  8. Amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)
  9. Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
  10. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680, your veterinarian or 24-hour emergency animal hospital for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

Walk and Wag has your dog and cat’s health and care top of mine.  We have dog walkers and pet sitters in Clearwater ready to pay special attention to what your dogs and cats ingest.  We are Red Cross certified in dog and cat CPR and First Aid.

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