Top Ten Toxic Substances

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association and estimated 63% of American households own pets. Our pets have access to multiple toxins in our homes for which we are unaware. To help make your home safe, be aware of what you have in your house and keep all toxic substances securely stored and in high places away from all pets and children. If you think your pet ingested anything toxic separate them from the item and call your veterinarian as soon as possible for instructions. Only induce vomiting or give any home antidotes upon veterinary instructions. If you are asked to bring your pet in make sure that you also bring the medication in question. Based on our Pet Poison Helpline, the top ten most common toxins for dogs and cats are as follows: DOGS: CHOCOLATE INSECT BAIT STATIONS (SNAIL BAIT) RODENTICIDES (RAT BAIT) FERTILIZERS XYLITOL-CONTAINING PRODUCTS (SUGAR-FREE GUMS AND CANDIES) IBUPROFEN (ADVIL® OR MOTRIN® IN BRAND NAME OR GENERIC FORM) ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENO®L IN BRAND NAME OR GENERIC FORM) AMPHETAMINES (SUCH AS ADD/ADHD DRUGS) HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS CATS: LILIES CANINE PERMETHRIN INSECTICIDES (TOPICAL FLEA/ TICK MEDICINE DESIGNED FOR DOGS BUT PLACED ON CATS) HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS RODENTICIDES (RAT BAIT) PAINTS AND VARNISHES VETERINARY NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS (RIMADYL®, DERAMAXX®) AMPHETAMINES (SUCH AS ADD/ADHD DRUGS ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL®) IBUPROFEN (ADVIL, MOTRIN®) Toxic Human Medications The following is a combined list of the top toxic human medications that dogs and cats ingest from a recent survey with the Pet Poison Hotline and Animal Poison Control. If your pet has been exposed to any of these, please call your veterinarian immediately. NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, Motrin) Acetiminophen(Tylenol) Antidepressants (Prozac, Effexor) ADD/ADHD medications (Adderall, Ritalin) Benzodiazepines and sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta) ACE inhibitors (Zelstril, Altace) Beta-blockers (Tonormin, Toprol) Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Dimetapp) Anti-diabetics (Biguanides, Metformin) Vitamin D derivatives (Dovomex, Vectical)

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