New iPhone Application and Mobile-enabled Website
The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline continue to bring poison prevention information to pet owners and veterinarians, this time putting it at their fingertips on their smartphones.
Pet Poison Helpline now offers a handy iPhone application that contains an extensive database of foods, drugs, chemicals and plants commonly found in the home and yard that are poisonous to pets. Always available with or without Internet access or cell phone service, the iPhone app has a powerful indexing feature that allows users to search for toxins, cross-referencing them by common and scientific terms.
The iPhone application’s comprehensive database includes more than 250 toxins, each with a description, list of symptoms and a full color photo, which is very helpful for identifying poisonous plants and flowers. The photos can be expanded to full screen size for easy identification with just the tap of a button. Each toxin entry has a bright yellow banner across the top that indicates the potential severity of the toxin, from “mild to moderate,” to “moderate to severe.” When in the midst of a potential emergency, users can dial Pet Poison Helpline directly from the application on their phone. Called Pet Poison Help, the iPhone app costs $1.99 and is available on iTunes. Please note that you will not find in-depth “how to” treatment options or antidotes within the app. Self-treating could be dangerous, even if the toxin exposure is known; therefore we always recommend seeking out professional veterinary advice to provide the best care and outcome. More information is available here.
Pet Poison Helpline has also mobile-enabled their newly redesigned website, which is a comprehensive resource for pet owners and veterinarians. This means that when accessed via a smartphone, the information on www.petpoisonhelpline.com is optimized for mobile environments, presenting concise information on easy-to-navigate screens. The layout is simple and fonts are large for easy reading. It’s an invaluable resource on a smartphone anytime, but when potential emergencies arise, pet owners and veterinarians can access vital information within moments. The mobile-enabled version of the website displays concise emergency instructions for dealing with poisoned pets, as well a list of poisons, a direct dial feature to Pet Poison Helpline, and links to additional information for pet owners and veterinarians. If you have a smart phone, be sure to add Pet Poison Helpline’s mobile app to your home screen for pet safety tips and information at your fingertips.
“Our iPhone application and mobile-enabled website provide life-saving information wherever you may be with your pet,” said Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and associate director of veterinary services for Pet Poison Helpline. “In addition to being a vital resource in time-sensitive, emergency situations, they will create awareness by making information about pet toxins convenient to access on smartphones. It may be the best $0.99 you can spend for your four-legged friend!”
The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline suggest bookmarking www.petpoisonhelpline.com on your smartphone, and if you are an iPhone user, purchasing the iPhone application for a more comprehensive user experience.
As always, if you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Pet Poison Helpline is the most cost-effective animal poison control center in North America charging only $39 per call; this includes unlimited follow-up consultations. Pet Poison Helpline just released a native app, or a mobile friendly version of its website.