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Top 10 Poisoning Threats for Dogs

Keeping our best friends safe is one of the most important things we can do for our dogs.  Keeping them protected from accidental poisonings requires diligence and being aware of what’s in our environment is one way we can help keep them out of harm’s way and ensure that they enjoy a long, healthy life.  Unexpected serious illnesses and accidents are every dog owner’s worst nightmare.  In 2013, the  ASPCA, Animal Poison Control Center, handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. At the top of the list for the 6th year in a row, are prescription human medications and according to the ASPCA, “nearly 20% of all calls were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use.” The following is a list of the top 10 toxins of 2013 ranked in order of call volume as provided from the ASPCA article:
  1. Prescription Human Medications.  The APCC handled 24,673 cases regarding human prescription medications in 2013. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications.  Many of these happened when people dropping their pills on the floor and their dog ate it before they could pick it up.
  2. Insecticides.  15.7% of all calls to the APCC are about insecticides (more than half those calls involved cats). It is important to read labels before using any insecticide on your pet, inside your house, and outside your house. 
  3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications.  Over-the-counter meds accounted for 14.7% of calls. This group contains acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as herbal and products such as fish oil and joint supplements. Many of dogs like the taste of these products, which can be life threatening if ingested.
  4. Household Products.  There were 17,000 calls about household products in 2013. Household hazards can include anything from bleach, firewood logs, cleaning products, candles, batteries, oils, to things found in a purse.  Some items are corrosive, while other can cause obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract requiring surgical intervention.
  5. People Food.  Dogs love human food but can get themselves into trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, xylitol (a toxic sugar substitute), coffee grounds, and much more.
  6. Veterinary Products and Medications.  Veterinary products moved down two spots. Both over the counter and prescription veterinary products were included in this group. The popular flavored tablets, which makes it easier to give your pet pain or joint medication, also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle.
  7. Chocolate.  Chocolate is the number one toxic people food that pets ingest.  On average, the ASPCA received 26 calls a day. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures.
  8. Rodenticides.  When putting out mice and rat bait, never underestimate the lengths your dog will go to in order to eat this poison.  Approximately 5.5% of calls in 2013 were related to baits. Depending on the type of rodenticide, when ingested it may cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures.
  9. Plants.  More than 9,000 cases ere pet parents calling about their animals eating plants. This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures.
  10. Lawn and Garden Products.  Fertilizers, which may be made of dried blood, poultry manure, and bone meal, and are attractive to dogs.  They received over 5,000 calls regarding lawn and garden items.

Keeping our best friends safe is one of the most important things we can do for our dogs. Keeping them protected from accidental poisonings requires diligence and being aware of what’s in our environment is one way we can help keep them out of harm’s way and ensure that they enjoy a long, healthy life. Unexpected serious illnesses and accidents are every dog owner’s worst nightmare. In 2013, the ASPCA, Animal Poison Control Center, handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. At the top of the list for the 6th year in a row, are prescription human medications and according to the ASPCA, “nearly 20% of all calls were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use.” The following is a list of the top 10 toxins of 2013 ranked in order of call volume as provided from the ASPCA article: 1. Prescription Human Medications. The APCC handled 24,673 cases regarding human prescription medications in 2013. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications. Many of these happened when people dropping their pills on the floor and their dog ate it before they could pick it up. 2. Insecticides. 15.7% of all calls to the APCC are about insecticides (more than half those calls involved cats). It is important to read labels before using any insecticide on your pet, inside your house, and outside your house. 3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications. Over-the-counter meds accounted for 14.7% of calls. This group contains acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as herbal and products such as fish oil and joint supplements. Many of dogs like the taste of these products, which can be life threatening if ingested. 4. Household Products. There were 17,000 calls about household products in 2013. Household hazards can include anything from bleach, firewood logs, cleaning products, candles, batteries, oils, to things found in a purse. Some items are corrosive, while other can cause obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract requiring surgical intervention. 5. People Food. Dogs love human food but can get themselves into trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, xylitol (a toxic sugar substitute), coffee grounds, and much more. 6. Veterinary Products and Medications. Veterinary products moved down two spots. Both over the counter and prescription veterinary products were included in this group. The popular flavored tablets, which makes it easier to give your pet pain or joint medication, also makes it more likely for them to ingest the entire bottle. 7. Chocolate. Chocolate is the number one toxic people food that pets ingest. On average, the ASPCA received 26 calls a day. Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures. 8. Rodenticides. When putting out mice and rat bait, never underestimate the lengths your dog will go to in order to eat this poison. Approximately 5.5% of calls in 2013 were related to baits. Depending on the type of rodenticide, when ingested it may cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures. 9. Plants. More than 9,000 cases ere pet parents calling about their animals eating plants. This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. 10. Lawn and Garden Products. Fertilizers, which may be made of dried blood, poultry manure, and bone meal, and are attractive to dogs. They received over 5,000 calls regarding lawn and garden items. If you have any reason to suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, please contact your vet or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. ©Dogtube.US