Pet Poison Helpline Reaches Out to Pet Owners with iPhone App and Pet Owner Webinar
As part of an ongoing effort to keep animals safe, Pet Poison Helpline offers several ways for pet owners to learn about dangerous and potentially deadly poisons that lurk in their homes and gardens. Already downloaded by thousands of pet owners, Pet Poison Helpline recently launched an iPhone app that has an extensive database of more than 200 plants, household items, foods and drugs that are poisonous to pets. Also, just in time for the upcoming holidays, Pet Poison Helpline will be hosting its first ever webinar specifically for pet owners on “Holiday Dangers Poisonous to Pets” on Dec. 3, 2012.
“Our goal is to keep pets safe, and we feel that reaching out directly to pet owners through educational opportunities is the best way,” said Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and associate director of veterinary services at Pet Poison Helpline. “Because pets are beloved family members, pet owners want to learn more about protecting them. By educating pet owners on how to pet-proof their homes from common holiday dangers, we hope we can help prevent unnecessary, accidental poisonings during an already stressful time of the year. Both the iPhone app and our upcoming webinar are packed with potentially life-saving information designed to help prevent the anxiety and heartache that inadvertently happens when pets are accidentally poisoned.”
Pet Poison Helpline’s handy iPhone app, called “Pet Poison Help,” puts life-saving information at the fingertips of pet owners, whether they are at home, on the road, or somewhere off the map without cell service or internet access. It contains an extensive database of more than 200 foods, drugs, household cleaning supplies and plants commonly found in the home and yard that are poisonous to pets. Each toxin has a full color photo, description, list of symptoms, and a bright yellow banner that indicates the severity of the toxin, from “mild to moderate,” to “moderate to severe.” The app also features a powerful indexing tool that allows users to search for toxins, cross-referencing them by poison type and animal species to make it easier for owners to see which toxins are poisonous to their specific pet. Pet Poison Help is available on iTunes for $1.99. More information is available here.
For pet owners who don’t have an iPhone, Pet Poison Helpline suggests bookmarking www.petpoisonhelpline.com on any smartphone for immediate access to pet poisoning information.
Pet Owner Webinar: Holiday Dangers Poisonous to Pets
On Monday, Dec. 3, at 12 p.m. CST (1 p.m. EST, and 10 a.m. PST), Pet Poison Helpline will host its first-ever webinar for pet owners entitled “Holiday Dangers for Pets.” The webinar will provide useful and valuable information about the many toxic substances that can threaten pets during the holiday season. It will be a jam-packed, hour-long session that will cover “must know” topics that pet owners can watch from their own computer. Myths will be busted, such as the age-old belief that poinsettias are poisonous when they are actually quite benign. Also discussed will be significant poison threats to pets including unbaked bread dough (can cause alcohol poisoning and severe bloating of the stomach), macadamia nuts (can cause a temporary paralysis), and caffeine. Additional common holiday foods and popular decorations that are dangerous, like tinsel and liquid potpourri, will be covered.
Presenting from Pet Poison Helpline will be assistant director of veterinary services, Dr. Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, and Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, associate director of veterinary services. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation where pet owners will be able to ask the experts additional questions, which will be answered immediately. This is a great opportunity to ask a veterinarian directly about any substances poisonous to pets.
Registration is $10 to help cover the costs of the webinar. Pet Poison Helpline will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.
Leading the webinar on Dec. 3, 2012, from Pet Poison Helpline will be Dr. Aha Brutlag, DVM, MS, and assistant director of veterinary services (left), and Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, associate director of veterinary services (right).
Knowledge is power and Pet Poison Helpline suggests that pet owners use these opportunities to educate themselves as the holiday season approaches. If faced with a potential pet poisoning, the veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline suggest that it’s always easier, less expensive, and safer for pets to be treated earlier, versus when they are showing severe symptoms. Pet Poison Helpline is the most cost-effective animal poison control center in North America at only $39 per call, including unlimited follow-up consultations.