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The Top 15 Things Veterinary Toxicologists Refuse to Have in Their Homes

Published on December 6, 2016
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Jaime Shriver, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology When I set out to write this article it was originally “top 5 things” and then it grew into “top 10 things” and ultimately I have concluded there are a lot of dangerous household items pet owners should be aware of!!!    #15 Grapes and Raisins… I don’t …continue reading

Holiday & Winter Toxins

Published on December 5, 2016
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Veterinarian Tips

Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT & Renee Schmid, DVM Download a PDF of this article During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to let your guard down when it comes to preventing toxic exposures to your pet.  While the holidays bring more challenges to the already difficult winter months, …continue reading

Household Batteries

Published on November 30, 2016
Categorized under: Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Lynn R. Hovda, RPh, DVM, MS, DACVIM Director of Veterinary Services Most people are uplifted by the holiday season and anxious to share it with their household pets, however, a word of caution is in order. Playful, curious dogs and cats are often attracted to the bright, shiny surfaces of household batteries and it comes …continue reading

Rodenticide Reminder

Published on October 6, 2016
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Poisoning from rodenticides is one of the most common types of intoxications managed by Pet Poison Helpline. These poisons are easy for people to obtain and often used in residential or agricultural settings such as homes, garages, lake cottages or summer homes, barns, farms, and even parks or wildlife areas. Many different types of rodenticides …continue reading

Scariest Halloween Hazards

Published on September 22, 2016
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Halloween is upon us!  As October 31 approaches, beware of the scariest Halloween hazards that we see every year.  These include chocolate, raisins, xylitol, costumes, batteries and alcohol.  Save and share this helpful infographic to spread the word to all your pet-loving friends!  (Click to expand.)

The Ubiquitous Flea!

Published on July 20, 2016
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Facts,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Sharon Billings, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Looking through the Pet Poison Helpline blog archives, I see that we discuss external parasites a LOT, especially during the spring and summer.  Dealing with the bugs that bug us can definitely be a frustrating, time consuming, labor intensive business!  One bug that is especially vexing is the …continue reading

Lactated Ringer’s Irrigation Recall

Published on March 12, 2015
Categorized under: Product Recalls,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Lactated Ringer’s Irrigation, 3000mL (NDC 0409-7828-08, Lot 40-008-JT; Expiry 1APR2016) to the user level (both human and veterinary) due to a confirmed customer report of several dark, fibrous particulates floating within the solution of the primary container. The particulate …continue reading

Sodium Chloride Injection Voluntary Recall

Published on January 23, 2015
Categorized under: Product Recalls,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of  0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL (NDC 0409-7983-02, Lot 44-002-JT, Expiry 1AUG2016) to the user level due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. Hospira has identified the particulate as a human hair, …continue reading

Is there really a “safe” ice melt?

Published on November 26, 2013
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized,Veterinarian Tips

By: Caley Chambers, 2015 DVM Candidate University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Extern, Pet Poison Helpline This is the author’s dog, “Maddie,” a 5 year old female golden doodle. Winter is one of “Maddie’s” favorite seasons. Her favorite outdoor winter activity is to bury her face deep into the snow and repeatedly give herself …continue reading

Are those packaging freshness packets really toxic to dogs?

Published on November 20, 2013
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Veterinarian Tips

By Dr. Catherine Angle, MPH Staff Veterinarian, Pet Poison Helpline In most dried food items, medications and even shoeboxes there is a little packet placed there by the manufacturer to maintain freshness.  The purpose of these little packets is to either reduce moisture in the packaging or to absorb oxygen.  Chewing up these little forgotten …continue reading