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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

which are extremely poisonous for cats. For a complete list, visit www.avma.org.
  • 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 www.avma.org.  

    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.


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