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Avocado contains a toxin called persin, but only certain species of animals are poisoned by persin. While dogs and cats are rarely affected by persin, avocado poisoning can be deadly to birds and large animals (such as cows, goats, sheep). The bigger risk to dogs and cats is a foreign body obstruction in the esophagus,…

Our mission at Pet Poison Helpline is to make the world a safer place for animals and to save pets’ lives 24/7. We also pride ourselves in providing you with the most accurate and relevant information in order to help keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy! 2020 was a difficult year in many ways…

A few tips on keeping your pet safe around the BBQ By Candi Amundson, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist Many people take this day once a year to celebrate as a tribute to all their hard work over the past year. Many people will gather with friends and families and enjoy games, picnics, and BBQ’s outdoors….

Which ones aren’t what they’re “hyped” up to be? Part One By Candi Amundson, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist There are thousands of plants all around the world and many are well known to be safe for consumption and on the other side of the coin there are others that are deadly poisonous. Calls to Pet…

By Catherine Angle, DVM Staff Veterinarian at Pet Poison Helpline Every year people open their homes to their friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl. As your house is filled with people, paper plates and plastic cups will likewise be filled with food and beverage and left on coffee tables, laps, and in…

By Brynne Stumpe, 2015 DVM Candidate University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Extern, Pet Poison Helpline Toxins can be a serious problem in companion birds due to several factors including their size, efficient respiratory system, and curious nature.  In addition, many owners may be unaware that certain substances can be toxic to their birds. …