Pet Poison Helpline has created “Toxin Tails” to educate the veterinary community and pet lovers on the many types of poisoning dangers facing pets, both in and out of the home. All the pets highlighted in “Toxin Tails” have been successfully treated for the poisoning and fully recovered.

2021 Toxin Tails Story Winner: September

September

Service Dog for Child with Seizures Suffers Seizures After Ingesting Ant Poison

Preparations for an outdoor birthday party turned potentially deadly when Numa, a service dog for a child with seizures, suffered seizures after ingesting over-the-counter ant poison.

Toxin Tails from 2021

January 2021

NY Dog Eats One of Nature’s Most Deadly Mushrooms, Lives to Bark About It

An 80-pound dog eats one of nature’s most deadly mushrooms and lives to bark about it. It was confirmed Davidson ingested a highly poisonous fungi known as a Destroying Angel mushroom.

February 2021

Family Panics When Child Coats Cockatiel with Febreze™

A grandmother panics when her grandson coats their pet cockatiel Tequila with Febreze™. Six-year-old Christopher thought he was helping his grandmother clean the bird’s cage.

March 2021

“It’s Different When It’s Your Dog!”

Veterinary assistant Katie Ballard became a client when her dog Lady nearly died from an unknown poison – potentially a euthanasia drug used a few days earlier in a pasture.

April 2021

A Season of Toxic Threats to Pets

Spring lilies are beautiful, but they contain toxins that can be deadly to pets, especially cats. Here’s the case of one lily-loving Las Vegas cat named Emmy.

May 2021

Seasonal Allergy Medications Pose a Deadly Risk to Pets

Seasonal allergy medications pose a deadly risk to pets. Just ask the family of Dodger the Chihuahua, who ingested some Claritin D he found hiding under the couch.

June 2021

Expert Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe from Fireworks

The July 4 holiday poses many risks to pets. Find out what happened when Riley ate two smoke bombs and why Luna had bright purple poop.

July 2021

Table-surfing Pooch Makes a Meal Out of Nearly 500 Ibuprofen Caplet

This is what happened when a table-surfing pooch named Abby made a meal out of nearly 500 ibuprofen caplets her owner left on the kitchen table.

August 2021

More Time Outside Means More Toxic Threats to Pets

Summer and fall weather mean more time outdoors for most American, and more toxic threats to pets. From deadly algae blooms to poisonous compost, ‘tis the season.

September 2021

Service Dog for Child with Seizures Suffers Seizures After Ingesting Ant Poison

Preparations for an outdoor birthday party turned potentially deadly when Numa, a service dog for a child with seizures, suffered seizures after ingesting over-the-counter ant poison.

October 2021

Chocolate Isn’t the Only Scary Thing Threatening Your Pet This Halloween

Ingesting a Costco-sized bag of chocolate chips may have saved Charlotte the Labradoodle’s life, who as a result was diagnosed with and treated for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).

November 2021

Don’t Let a Pet Drug Overdose Ruin the High of the Holiday Season

During the holidays, Jasper was exposed to unexpected threats when a guest brought unknown medications to his house and Nugget was poisoned by inhaler medication from another home.

December 2021

Probing Pooch Burns Mouth and Throat on Alkaline Batteries

Nova, a probing Canadian pooch who burned her mouth and throat after chewing on alkaline batteries.