March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

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March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Pet poisoning with common household items is, unfortunately, a fairly common situation. Among the many household items that may present a toxic risk to pets include xylitol poisoning (xylitol is found in many sugarless gums, candies and mints), human medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and antidepressants, flowers, chocolate, fertilizers, and various pest control products. Symptoms can range from digestive upset and neurological signs, to liver and/or kidney failure.

Appropriate pet proofing and awareness of what to do in the event of a pet poisoning situation are both important points to consider. Having the telephone numbers of local poison control centers as well as veterinary emergency hospitals is also important for ready access to sources of information about potential poisonous substances. Specific treatment will depend upon what a pet has been exposed to. Sometimes induction of vomiting is indicated, while in other cases IV fluid therapy and oral charcoal therapy may be indicated.  The Pet Poison Helpline is useful for clients in those cases where poisoning is suspected.  The Pet Poison Helpline at (800) 213-6680 is available 24 hours a day. If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested something poisonous, call the helpline or your local veterinarian immediately.


  1. Posted March 12, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    As a pest controller I always have to be extremely careful with rodenticides and pets (tamper proof boxes anchored to the wall), risk assessments forms etc…..Didn’t know that xylitol was toxic to dogs.



  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Posted November 28, 2012 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    I’m searching the web regarding pest control and I’m glad I’ve stumble upon your blog. The information is very good. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    You are very welcome. Share this service of blogs with your friends and family.

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