The ASPCA released a list of the top 10 pet poisons based on the cases reported at the Animal Poison Control Center. Take a look at this list so you can keep your pets safe from these dangerous and deadly poisons.
1. Human Medications
Keep medications secure and out of reach from pets. These include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs like painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants and dietary supplements.
We know you want to get rid of unwelcome pests, but just make sure you do it in a way that is safe for both pets and children. Also, always check with your veterinarian before using a flea and tick product to make sure it is safe for your pet and you know the proper way to apply it.
3. People Food
Chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado and chocolate are just some types of human food that can cause serious distress for animals. If animals ingest human food it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.
Plants are a common staple in many houses, but some varieties can cause life-threatening reactions in pets. Azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are just some of the household plants that can be harmful to pets.
5. Veterinary Medications
Pet parents have good intentions, but often medications veterinarians prescribe for our pets are misapplied or improperly dispensed. Follow the directions carefully and ask your veterinarian if you have questions.
Rat and mice poisons are also poison to dogs and cats. Many of the ingredients that attract rodents also attract pets. If your pet ingests certain types of rodenticides, it can lead to serious problems like internal bleeding, seizures or kidney damage.
7. Household Cleaners
Household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can poison pets. Also, keep bleaches, detergents and disinfectants out of reach from pets. Just by inhaling the chemicals, pets can suffer from gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract.
8. Heavy Metals
Lead, zinc and mercury are dangerous to pets because they are exposed to them in many different sources. Lead is found in paint chips, linoleum and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.
9. Garden Products
Fertilizers and other garden products can cause problems for pets that spend time outside. They can cause severe gastric upset and possible obstruction if they are ingested, so keep an eye on the ingredients and the products you are using and only allow pets in the areas outside that you know are safe.
10. Chemical Hazards
These dangerous pet poisons include ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.