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Remember Pets during Poison Prevention Week March 18-24

Published on March 5, 2012
Categorized under: Media Releases,Pet Safety Tips

Pet Poison Helpline Raising Awareness of Household Dangers to Pets The 50th anniversary of Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24, 2012, marking five decades of safer homes and saved lives. While much of the nationally-recognized effort has been directed at raising awareness with parents of small children, the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline remind us …continue reading

What are some foods safe to feed pets?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

With all the potentially toxic people foods out there, it’s helpful to know which foods are safe for cats and dogs. Pet Poison Helpline recommends feeding the following foods which are both safe for pets and are low-calorie options. Apples Peas Green beans Popcorn (Hold the butter and salt!) Carrots Sweet potatoes Zucchini and summer …continue reading

Are tomatoes poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

Tomatoes are barely poisonous and are generally pretty safe to feed dogs. Most dogs don’t ingest enough tomato plants to cause a problem. Tomato plants are in the Nightshade family and contain tomatine. Tomatine is found in concentrations of up to 5% in the leafy greens, the fruit blossoms, and in small green tomatoes; this …continue reading

Are grapes and raisins poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

Grapes, raisins, and even currants (some currants are actually small, black grapes) are toxic to your dog! In fact, there have been anecdotal reports of cats and ferrets being affected by these also. Ingestion of even a small amount of grapes, raisins, or currants can result in severe, acute kidney failure. All types of grape- …continue reading

Is xylitol poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

Many sugarless gums (including some Trident, Orbit, and Ice Breaker brands) and candies contain xylitol, a sweetener which is toxic to dogs. Beware of those desserts or baked goods that could also be made with xylitol! Even small amounts ingested can result in a life-threatening drop in blood sugar, or with large amounts of ingestion, …continue reading

Is bread dough poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

What it’s in: Homemade and store bought unbaked dough that contains yeast (used for bread, dinner rolls, etc). Threat to pets: Unbaked yeast containing dough can result in multiple problems if a pet ingests it. The dark, warm environment of the stomach acts as an oven and encourages the dough to continue rising. This can …continue reading

Is alcohol poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

What it’s in: Alcoholic drinks aside, alcohol can be found in some surprising places. Rum-soaked cakes or other unbaked deserts containing alcohol may contain alcohol to cause poisoning in pets. Alcohol is also a major byproduct of ingested yeast dough (see yeast-bread dough). Threat to pets: Even small amounts of alcohol, especially in small dogs …continue reading

Are onions poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

Onions, garlic, chives and leeks (Allium species): When onions and garlic are ingested in large or chronic amounts, it results in Heinz body formation and anemia. Cats are more sensitive than dogs to Allium toxiciosis. Clinical signs are generally secondary to the anemia, with resultant weakness, lethargy and pale mucous membranes. Avoid using onion or …continue reading

Is table food poisonous for dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

While you may think you are “loving” your dog by giving him table scraps from Thanksgiving dinner, it could be very unsafe for your pet. While there’s not a “toxicity” issue from fatty table foods (such as bacon, gravy, turkey skin, grizzle, etc.), it can result in a gastroenteritis (such as a mild vomiting or …continue reading

Is caffeine poisonous to dogs?

Published on September 23, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

What it’s in: Caffeine is most commonly found in coffee, coffee grounds, tea, used tea bags, soda, energy drinks and diet pills. Theobromine, a cousin chemical to caffeine is also found chocolate (see chocolate). Threat to pets: Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people are. While 1-2 laps of coffee, tea …continue reading