In early March of this year the ASPCA®’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) released its findings that over-the-counter medications and supplements made the top spot on the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets in 2015. Prescriptions for human medications fell to the second spot.
1 – Over-the-counter medications and supplements
2 – Prescriptions for human medications
3 – Insecticides
4 – Human foods
5 – Household Items
6 – Veterinary medications
7 – Chocolate
8 – Plants – both indoor and outdoor
9 – Rodenticides (Poisons for mice and rats)
10 -Lawn and Garden Products
*For more information about the 2015 findings from the ASPCA (APCC)
It is important to poison-proof your home and educate yourself on items that are toxic to pets. As evidenced by the 2015 results all medications need to be kept out-of-reach for your pets. Also, there is an increase in calls in the spring and summer months due to increased outdoor activities and exposure to outside plants, herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides.
National Pet Poison Week is a great time to find out more about the potential poisons and toxins your pet might be exposed – let’s keep our pets safe!