by Gigi McWhirter
Cats, just like dogs, can sneak a snack. Sometimes, they get into things that are not so good for them.
To reduce the risk of poisoning and to help create a pet-poison-proof home, it is important to know the most common toxins.
Here is a list of the top 10 cat toxins according to Pet Poison Helpline:
1. Lilies (Lilium species)
2. Topical flea and tick treatments for dogs
3. Household cleaners
4. Human anti-depressant medications
5. Essential oils
6. Human or Non-feline anti-inflammatory medications
7. Mouse and rat poisons
8. Human stimulant medications (e.g. for ADD/ADHD)
9. Onions and garlic
10. Vitamin D overdose
You can find a more extensive
list of toxins on these
websites: www.aspca.org or
If you suspect your kitty (or other animal) has ingested a poisonous substance, it is essential that you contact a veterinarian right away.
If you can, you should have the name of the product or plant consumed along with as much product information as possible including the pharmacy label noting the name and strength of the medication, the product label listing the name of the ingredients along with any manufacturer’s warnings and consumer hotline information.
There are pet poison hotlines created to help owners understand what to do in the event of a possible poisoning. These hotlines have vets on call to assist you. There is usually a fee for their service:
• Pet Poison Helpline: 844.492.9842
• The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888.426.4434
Happy Tails to you!