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.

2022 Case of the Month

July

Onion Powder Poisons Probing Pooch

It’s summer. Time to fire up the barbeque, throw on your favorite meats or vegetables, and demonstrate your culinary skills with your secret blend of spices. It turns out that one of those popular summertime seasonings, onion powder, can also be an extremely dangerous but tempting treat to your pet.

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2022 Previous Cases

July

Onion Powder Poisons Probing Pooch

It’s summer. Time to fire up the barbeque, throw on your favorite meats or vegetables, and demonstrate your culinary skills with your secret blend of spices. It turns out that one of those popular summertime seasonings, onion powder, can also be an extremely dangerous but tempting treat to your pet.

May

Winnie the Pug’s Unlucky Penny

Every dog lover knows that pets swallow items they shouldn’t, so when Alicia Thunder’s playful pug Winnie vomited several coins, she wasn’t that concerned.

April

If Your Easter Bunny Catches Fleas, Don’t Do This!

For many adults, Easter is time of joyous celebration and hope. To children, it’s also a season filled with wonder, Easter egg hunts and… bunnies!

March

German Shepherd Exposed to Deadly Industrial Coolant – Case Number Matches Pi

When Nolan Jenkins took his eight-year-old German Shepherd Duke to work with him maintaining equipment used for natural gas compression, he had no idea that math would send him to the pet hospital later that day.

February

Hidden Heart Medication Poisons Pet Prior to Valentine’s Day

Since Valentine’s Day is a holiday of the heart, the toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline scoured their files to see if any heart-related cases were received during Cupid’s favorite week. For two mischievous pets, it turns out that ingesting a bag of heart medication hidden in pill pockets nearly killed their love of life.

January

Probing Pooch Severely Poisoned by Eating 600 Sleep Supplements

Mav, a nine-year-old Labrador, ingested up to 600 dietary sleep supplements and the rural veterinarian who was treating him was about to handle her first case of the rare but potentially deadly serotonin syndrome.