March is National Poison Prevention Week

Protecting Your Pets from Poisons -

National Poison Prevention Week is an excellent time to review what you can do to avoid and prevent accidental poisonings of cats, dogs & other pets. Familiarizing yourself with the common foods and household products that are toxic to pets is a good place to start. Then doing a little “spring cleaning” to remove or safely store poisons, dangerous foods and other hazards is a great idea.

Cat & Dog Poisons Outside

Antifreeze - Ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals. But antifreeze can be fatal if consumed in even small quantities. The Humane Society recommends using a more pet-safe antifreeze in your vehicle that contains propylene glycol.

Mulch - Cocoa mulch has a chocolate scent that appeals to pets, but can be deadly to pets if ingested.

Fertilizer and plant food - Chemicals used on lawns and gardens can be fatal to a pet. Do not leave bags in the yard or garage, and do not allow pets into a freshly treated area.

Pesticides & Rodenticides - Even if you do not use these, a neighbor might have used them in their yard. Dogs and cats can also be poisoned if they eat a rodent who has been killed by poison. Pets should be kept in their own yards or on a leash, and be closely supervised when outside.

Cat & Dog Poisons Inside the House

Human medications - Painkillers (including aspirin, acetaminophen/Tylenol and ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin) are one of the most frequently swallowed pet poisons. Prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, cold medicine, anti-depressants, ointments/creams, vitamins and diet pills can all be highly toxic to animals. Keep medicine containers far out of reach of pets who can chew through them. And always be careful to find and dispose of any dropped pills.

Plants & Flowers – Many household plants and flowers are toxic and even fatal to cats & dogs, including: azalea, aloe vera, babies breath, dieffenbachia, lilies (including Easter lily), daffodils, lily of the valley, crocus, tulips, mistletoe and philodendron, and many more. Do not bring plants or flowers into your home unless you know they are safe.

Cleaning Products – Most household cleaning products and many detergents contain poisonous chemicals. Always keep these on high shelves where they are out of reach of children and pets.

Fumes – The fumes from nonstick cooking surfaces and self-cleaning ovens can be deadly to birds and other pets, as can pumps or aerosol spray around birds.

Food – Many foods that are not toxic to humans can be very dangerous to cats, dogs & other pets. Following is a list of the most common  “people foods” that can be toxic or poisonous to cats, dogs & other pets. Many other food items can be dangerous that are not on this list – so always keep human foods stored safely away from your cats and dogs.

  • pet poison veterinarian manhattan beachAlcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee & Espresso (grounds & beans)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum (causes blockages; the sugar free sweetener Xylitol is toxic)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushroom plants
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions & onion powder
  • Peach pits
  • Potato leaves, stems & “eyes” (any green parts)
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb
  • Salt
  • Tea
  • Tomato leaves & stems (any green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener in gum, candy & baked goods)
  • Yeast dough

 If Your Cat or Dog May Have Been Poisoned

If you ever believe your pet has ingested or been exposed to a toxic, poisonous or hazardous food, chemical or substance take action immediately. In many cases quick medical intervention can save your pet’s life. Do not delay. 

During Business Hours: Call Our Office (Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm; Saturday 8am-2pm) 310-536-9654

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After 9 pm or No Doctor Call Back in 10 Minutes: Go To Nearest Emergency Hospital (click for list)

You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center: 1-800-426-4435 (charges apply)

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