Top 10 Pet Poison List from the Pet Poison Hotline

The Pet Poison Hotline compiled a Top 10 List from the more than 10,000 poisoning cases reported to it in 2011:

Foods, Insecticides, Mouse & Rat poison, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for humans such as ibuprofen, Household cleansers, Anti-depressant human drugs, Fertilizers, Acetaminophen drugs such as Tylenol and cold medications, Amphetamine human drugs used to treat ADD & ADHD, and Veterinary pain relievers like Rimadyl. (Dog World, May 2012)

Did you know chocolate is an ingested toxin?

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, which has fielded two million calls since it began 35 years ago, has declared that “Chocolate has topped the list of ingested toxins for the past decade.” Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk – four ounces of milk or ½ ounce of baking chocolate can seriously harm a ten-pound dog. Why? Caffeine-like stimulants which can cause vomiting & diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and even death. (Dog Watch, March 2013, a publication of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.)

The Pet Poison Hotline has cited the top food poisoners as chocolate, the sweetener xylitol, and grapes & raisins. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has added the following other foods not to feed your dog:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Coffee
  • Fatty foods
  • Garlic
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy & spoiled foods
  • Onions & onion powde
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough

(Dog Watch, March 2013).

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