March is Pet Poison Prevention Month!
About Pet Poison Prevention Month
It’s Pet Poison Prevention Month! In the 1960’s, Congress designated the third week of March to poison prevention. Somewhere along the way, the whole month of March has been designated Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month and is sponsored by the good people of the National Poisoning Prevention Council, a council dedicated to raising awareness to reduce accidental poisonings.
If you’re anything like us, your furry friends are part of your family. Knowing which everyday items pose a risk to our four-limbed family members can prevent an unintentional poisoning and keep our pets happy and healthy!
Here are the Top Ten Pet Poisons from the Pet Poison Helpline.
Based on the Pet Poison Helpline call volume and extensive database, here are the top 10 most common toxins that Pet Poison Helpline gets called about. Now keep in mind that some of these listed are very toxic, while some are minimally toxic (like ant baits and silica packs). When in doubt, call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline to make sure there won’t be a problem. Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach and pet-proof your house!
- Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
- Vitamins and Minerals (e.g., Vitamin D3, iron, etc.)
- NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.)
- Cardiac Medications (e.g., calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers, etc.)
- Cold and Allergy Medications (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, etc.)
- Antidepressants (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- Xylitol (common in toothpaste and chewing gum – read your labels to ensure your pet is safe!)
- Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol)
- Caffeine Pills
- Lilies (Lilium species)
- Spot-on flea/tick medication for dogs
- Household Cleaners
- Antidepressant Medications
- Essential Oils
- Anti-inflammatory Medications
- Mouse & Rat Poisons (rodenticides)
- Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD)
- Onions & Garlic
- Vitamin D Overdose