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Ask The Vet Videos

In an effort to continually bring pet education and poison prevention information to all pet owners, Pet Poison Helpline teamed up with VPI Pet Insurance to create these educational videos on poisonous plants, toxic human meds, garden dangers and more!

Plants Poisonous to Pets

Certain plants are very poisonous to dogs and cats. One dangerous plant to cats includes lilies (e.g., Easter, Tiger, Asiatic, Stargazer, etc.); ingestion results in acute kidney failure when your cat eats even just 2-3 leaves (or even the pollen)! In dogs, poisonous plants like sago palm, oleander, azalea, spring bulbs, etc., are all poisonous and should be kept out of reach. When in doubt, keep these plants out of reach of your pets. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care! The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

Human Medications that Poison our Pets

Fifty percent (50%) of the phone calls received at Pet Poison Helpline are from pets ingesting human medications. Dogs and cats are very sensitive to human over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, so always keep these out of reach of your pets. Dangerous drugs include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), anti-depressants, sleep aids, amphetamines, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care! The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

Pet Poisons to Be Aware Of

Did you know your purse contains a bunch of toxins that are dangerous to your pet? Your asthma inhaler, small container of ibuprofen/Advil, prescription medication, cigarettes, and birth control packet can all be accidentally ingested! When in doubt, keep these out of reach of your pets by simply hanging up your purse. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care! The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

Kitchen Dangers that are Poisonous to Pets

Did you know that there are certain things in your kitchen that are poisonous to pets? Chocolate, grapes, raisins, trail mix, xylitol, fatty table scraps, onions, garlic, compost, macadamia nuts, and unbaked bread dough/alcohol are all dangerous! When in doubt, keep your pet out of the kitchen. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care. The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

Garden Dangers to Your Pet

If you own pets, several items in your garden, backyard, or garage may be poisonous! Dangerous poisons include fertilizers, bone or blood meal, mouse and rat poisons, and insecticides. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care! The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

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