Navigation Links
Don't Give Your Pet a Deadly Dose; Medicines Top the List of Household Poisons for Pets

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the 50th anniversary of Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that accidental poisonings are a common problem.

The vast majority of accidental poisonings in humans happen in the home, and that's true of pets as well.  Many pet owners are surprised to learn how many common household items are hazardous to pets.  The AVMA online brochure and video can help pet owners recognize threats to their companion animals.

"Every year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline handles over 150,000 cases of pets being poisoned, and many of those cases involved common household items," explains Dr. Steven Hansen of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).  "In our homes, the bathroom is the most dangerous spot for pets.  The single most common reason for calls into the poison hotline is because pets have consumed medications."

Dr. Hansen explains that childproof tops on medications offer little protection against a dog determined to get into the container.  Not only are prescription drugs dangerous for dogs and cats, but some over-the-counter medicines, like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, are extremely poisonous to pets. 

Many household poisonings happen when pet owners dose their own pets using human medications.  Owners should never give a pet any pill without consulting their veterinarian.

Other household poisons include:

  • Houseplants are common household hazards for pets, including Cycad (Sago Palm), philodendron, dieffenbachia and lilies, which are extremely poisonous for cats. For a complete list, visit
  • Xylitol, a common artificial sweetener in pudding, sugarless chewing gum and baked items, is very poisonous to dogs and can result in death.
  • Raisins and grapes are toxic to dogs and cats.  While researchers haven't determined the cause of this toxicity, for some reason raisins seem to be far more likely to result in a serious poisoning.
  • Birds are sensitive to aerosol sprays, like hair spray or fragrances, and also avocados. 
  • Chocolate can make a cat or dog very ill.  The more concentrated the cocoa, for example in baking chocolate, the more dangerous it is for pets.
  • Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, and coffee grounds are toxic to dogs and cats.
  • Cleaning products, automotive chemicals, like antifreeze, batteries, pennies, moth balls and glue all present issues for pets.  Keep these products in close cabinets or high off the ground.

If you suspect that your pet has gotten into a poison, immediately call your veterinarian, your local emergency veterinary clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

For more information on veterinary medicine, pet health and household hazards for you pets, please visit  

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. AcceleDentâ„¢ System, Used for Accelerated Orthodontic Tooth Movement, Receives United States FDA Clearance
2. Dr. Haroun Rostami, a Beverly Hills Prosthodontist, Provides Patients with Metal-Free Dentistry Treatments
3. New Study Published: Lactobacillus reuteri Prodentis Effective in the Treatment of Periodontitis
4. OrthoAccel Technologies Committed to Plans for Positioning the United Kingdom as a Key Strategic Market for New Orthodontic Technology
5. OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. and AB Orthodontics Announce Partnership and Australian Product Introduction
6. Imagenetix Announces Issuance of New U.S. Patent for the Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Disease
7. Discovery Predicts Patient Sensitivity to Important Drug Target in Deadly Brain Cancer
8. ALIMTA Receives Positive Opinion From CHMP as Continuation Maintenance Therapy for Deadly Form of Lung Cancer
9. Antibiotics Conference Addresses Lack of New Drugs to Fight Deadly Superbugs
10. ASP Launches GLOSAIRâ„¢ Healthcare Environmental Decontamination at the 2011 APIC Conference to Protect Against the Risk of Deadly Infections in Healthcare Facilities
11. Denver School Nurses Unite Community in the Fight against Meningitis, a Potentially Deadly Disease
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Wound Care Market by Type (Dressings, Therapy Devices, Active ... Facility, Out-Patient Facility), and Geography - Global Forecast to ... --> --> The purpose of ... forecast of the global advanced wound care market. It ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 26, 2015 ... "Self Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report ... has announced the addition of the "Self ... their offering. --> Research and Markets ... the "Self Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... the addition of the  "2016 Future ... European Cell Surface Marker Testing Market: ...  report to their offering.  --> ... addition of the  "2016 Future Horizons ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices ... show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated ... open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Keeping in mind challenges ... health and wellness consultation, has collaborated with a leading web-based marketplace for extra-curricular ... experienced by parents and bring advice from parenting experts within their reach. As ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... largest, most successful and prominent nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country. They have ... with various organizations, and helped advance the healthcare industry as a whole through ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, ... Ann Arbor Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous ... Canterbury House at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Patients at Serenity Point ... come together on Thanksgiving Day to share the things that they are most ... Serenity Point YouTube channel, patients displayed what they wrote on index cards, describing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):