Poison prevention for pets requires caution, vigilance

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26 and is a reminder to be aware of potential household hazards not only for children but also for your pets. Experts urge pet owners to remain vigilant and aware of potential pet toxins lurking in their homes, especially the remaining items on the top toxin list, which accounted for more than 79% of all cases in 2021.

  • Human prescription drugs ranked second, with antidepressants, heart medications and ADHD being the top concern. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause gastrointestinal upset and kidney failure in severe cases.
  • Foodstuffs remain near the top of the list at No. 3, accounting for 14% of APCC cases last year. The most common cases of food products include the ingestion of protein bars and shakes, xylitol, garlic and onion, and grapes and raisins.
  • Remaining in fourth place for several years is chocolate. APCC averages more than 103 cases of chocolate ingestion per day, resulting in more than one case every 15 minutes.
  • As pandemic hobbies like gardening continued to be popular in 2021, indoor and outdoor plants remained in the top five. APCC received over 7,500 more calls related to plant ingestion compared to 2020.
  • The last five items on the list of top toxins include household items like cleaning and paint products; veterinary products, including soothing chews and joint medications; rodenticides and insecticides; and garden products, such as fertilizers.