March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and is the perfect time to check your home and yard for harmful poisons that may affect your pet.
Many poisons are commonly known, like chocolate and medicine, but others may not be as top of mind. Review the list below on top dog and cat poisons you should be aware of. Take the time to pet proof your home and keep all potential poisons out of reach to avoid unfortunate accidents.
- Caffeine, including coffee grounds, coffee beans and tea
- Foods including garlic, grapes, raisins, avocados, onions and walnuts
- Xylitol, a sweetener that’s used in gums, candies and some peanut butter
- Over-the-counter Medications, including NSAIDS found in products like Aleve and Advil, plus cold and allergy medications and herbal supplements
- Rat Poison
- Lilies, including Easter, Tiger and Asiatic lilies
- Essential Oils
- Foods including onions and garlic
- Concentrated household cleaners
- Prescription Medications, including antidepressants and heart medications
- Flea & tick treatments meant for dogs
Symptoms of accidental poisoning include:
- Yellowish or pale gums
- Nervousness, tremors or seizures
- Vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a poisonous substance, immediately call your veterinarian, local emergency veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone number at (888) 426-4435 (a consultation fee may apply). You can also go directly to the emergency vet if your local veterinarian is not available. Be sure to bring the item ingested if possible, to help your veterinarian treat your pet. To be prepared in the event of a poisoning, keep a notecard of your local vet’s phone number, along with the nearest emergency vet clinic and directions.