Animal Poison Control Center information

It is safe to say that keeping our fur babies safe is a top priority in everyone’s mind and heart. My question to you as a reader is, how familiar are you as a pet owner of everyday household items that are considered poisonous to cats and dogs? When I first became a pet owner I took it upon myself to educate myself and my fiancé on items we had in our home that could potentially harm our cat and dog. According to here is a list of the top 10 common toxins found in the kitchen of an average household:

  1. Chocolate

  2. Grapes, raisins & currants

  3. Xylitol ( sugar-free gum & candy)

  4. Fatty table scraps

  5. Onions & garlic

  6. Compost

  7. Human medications/alcohol

  8. Macadamia nuts

  9. Household cleaners

  10. Unbaked bread dough


    Although some of the items on the list are common sense items a few of them surprised us. For example, if cats/dogs ingest onions or garlic it causes red blood destruction and can result in anemia. Macadamia nuts are a threat because of the high oil content in the nut. If accidentally consumed, in dogs specifically, the damage can result in nerve/muscle damage and potentially pancreatitis.

    If you are a new pet owner and have concerns about what you possess that could harm your animal(s) is a wealth of information. As soon as you access the homepage of the website the first item you come across is a search tool asking you what potential poison your pet consumed. If unsatisfied or unsure about the information the search tool provides you the 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center helpline phone number is readily available at 1-855-764-7661.

    The Animal Poison Control Center helpline phone number is readily available in our household. During these unprecedented times with COVID-19 it is reassuring knowing there is an option for at-home urgent help as many veterinary clinics in our area have social distancing measures in place as well as restricted hours of operation.

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