Sunday, January 4, 2009

Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2008

All houses are teeming with doggie dangers, some are obvious, like paint thinner and drain cleaner, and some are less so, like certain house plants, the Xylitol in your sugar free gum and garlic. As a matter of everyday living, many hazards are just left out on tables and counter tops, such as medication (yes, even the pills in child-proof containers), coins, toys or beauty products. When a label states that a product is toxic, dangerous or poisonous to humans, assume that the same is true for dogs.

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, the preeminent source for up-to-date facts and figures on everything that’s hazardous to dogs and other pets just released its list of the Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2008. Take a few minutes now to review the list and then look around your house. You may be surprised by what you find.

Now, place any and all dangerous items in securely closed cabinets and drawers or on high shelves. Dogs are often quite clever when it comes to sniffing out dangers -- they have been known to open cabinets with their noses or perform astounding feats of gymnastics to reach an interesting item. If your home also has a cat, well then, you must be extra careful. You never know when the family cat will decide to cooperate with the dog.

In September, check out our book. It includes a plethora of pithy, helpful safety information in one convenient place.

In the meantime, visit the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center and talk to your vet and local animal welfare organizations to start down the road of awareness. We want you to have every tool available to prevent a tragedy.

If Fido ever eats, drinks, inhales or comes in contact with any known or suspected poison or is just acting weird, call the veterinarian and begin first aid immediately. Don't wait for symptoms to appear--that could be too late to help. If your vet isn't available or if you have a questions, call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. The consultation usually includes a fee so have your credit card handy.


  1. Thanks for the comments about pet poisons. When looking at the ASPCA's list it made reference to some citrus. I have been sharing oranges with Cosette. Do you happen to know which citrus?

  2. Hi Sandra,
    Glad we were able to help! Check out this page on the ASPCA's website for more info:

    Scroll down until you see the article on citrus.

  3. Thanks, Jill. Found what I needed and don't think I have anything to worry about. Of course, no more oranges for Cosette. :)