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Top 10 of intoxication

Top 10 of intoxication
Par Catherine Lapierre, TSAc, le May 12, 2014

Our animals often have access to products that can be dangerous to their health. It’s important to make our home safe for the arrival of a new dog as the arrival of a new child.

Here is a list published by the ASPCA (The American Society fort Prevention of Cruelty to the Animals) describing the ten most frequent cases of poisoning encountered in pets in 2013.


  1. Prescribed drugs for human

Types of medications pets were exposed to reflect the most common drugs prescribed for people : cardiac medications (especially antihypertensive), closely followed by antidepressants and pain medications.

This product category is often at the top of list of poisonings, so it’s important to always contact your vet before giving anything to your animal.


  1. Insecticides

Insecticides were the APCC’s  (Animal Poison Control Center) second most common call, representing a wide range of toxicity from mild stomach upset to potentially life-threatening signs.


  1. Over-the-counter drugs

Calls ranged from potentially serious pet ingestions, such as NSAIDs (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), to ingestions like fishoil's capsules which are less dangerous.


  1. Household items

Items such as cleaning products, glues and paints are too often in the reach of pets and remain major exposures.


  1. Human foods

Pets, especially dogs, cannot seem to get enough of human foods. Unfortunately, they can’t tell that the delectable pizza crust they got last night was OK but the pound of grapes on the table today is not.


  1. Veterinary medications

This category slid down two spot in 2013 as more people become aware that chewable medications are very tasty and pets will ingest entire bottles if they have access.


  1. Chocolate

Chocolate's ingestion is the cause of, on average, over 26 calls daily to the APCC. Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s day and Christmas are particulary high-volume chocolate toxicity days.


  1. Rodenticides

Rodenticides are manufactured to kill mice and rats but they can also kill pets if ingested.


  1. Plants

Most plant calls involved houseplants. While there are plenty of dogs looking to chew on plants, they even more popular with cats.


  1. Lawn and garden products

Lawn and garden products round out the top 10, and many of these exposures were due to people not storing the products out of the reach of pets.

Catherine Lapierre, Certified Veterinary Technician

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