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Don't Give Your Pet a Deadly Dose; Medicines Top the List of Household Poisons for Pets
Date:3/16/2012

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,
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