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Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Know These Common Household Toxins for Pets

Spring is known for many things, like getting outside, blooming flowers, seasonal allergies, spring cleaning and spring holidays. After winter, it’s such a relief to get a breath of fresh air (even if it’s accompanied by sneezing). So, it’s also a good time to recognize Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.

The American Animal Hospital Association has a thorough list of common household toxins for pets. Scroll through to see some of the most common toxins your pet may be at risk of encountering this spring.

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Medicines Toxic to Pets

Nearly every human medication is toxic to animals, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. While humans, dogs and cats are all mammals, our body systems are different and require different medical treatments. Keep your pet away from all medications. Especially keep a lookout for the ones identified by the ASPCA as most commonly ingested by pets:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Cold medications
  • Herbal supplements
  • ADHD medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Heart medications
Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Common Chemicals Toxic to Pets

Assume that all household chemicals are toxic, and keep them locked away from pets. You just never know what your cat or dog will get into or ingest. Here are some common chemicals to know about:

  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Cleaning products
  • Antifreeze
  • Rodenticides (rat poison)
  • Ant baits
  • Bug sprays
  • Bug foggers
Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Foods Toxic to Pets

For a quick reference guide to the most common food toxicities, visit “15 Foods to Keep Away from Pets.” As we enjoy spring holidays like Easter and Passover, here are some common foods that are toxic to pets:

Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Plants Toxic to Pets

Cats are especially sensitive to plant toxicities. Review our reference guide “Keep These 8 Toxic Plants Away from Cats.”

  • Azaleas
  • Autumn crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Lilies of all varieties
  • Sago palm
  • Tulips

Save These Animal Poison Control Resources

If your cat or dog ever ingests something suspect, call one of these poison control lines immediately:

Charges will apply to speak to these veterinary professionals, but we recommend this as the first line of defense. In the event that your pet needs veterinary care, call our 24-hour emergency hospital at any time: (513) 931-8675.