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Top 10 Toxins of 2015

For the first time ever, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s tabulations showed that calls in 2015 about over-the-counter items exceeded ones about prescription items.

What else made the top 10 list? Keep reading and see if your guesses are correct. Also, download the poster for an easy way to share this info with your patients!

1) OTC Items

With the increasing number of vitamins, herbal and joint supplements sold over the counter, there are lots more dangers for pet exposures.

2) Human Prescriptions

These medications were barely edged out of their traditional No. 1 spot on the APCC’s list of top yearly toxin calls. It’s very common for pets to ingest dropped pills or get into pill vials.

3) Insecticides

The APCC commonly sees exposure to products used in the house, in the yard and on pets. Remind clients of the necessity to read label directions carefully before using these products.

4) People Food

Human food and drink are often readily accessible—and very appealing—to pets. Xylitol and alcohol are common, and potentially serious, exposures in this group.

5) Household Items

Commonly used items in homes such as paint, fire logs and cleaning supplies can be very hazardous.

6) Veterinary Products

Many pet medications are in the form of chewable tablets. While this may make it easier for pets to take medications, it also means pets are likely to ingest the entire prescription at once if they have access.

7) Chocolate

Calls about chocolate exposures were increased in 2015, with the APCC averaging one call about chocolate every 39 minutes. As we all know, unfortunately dogs love chocolate!

8) Plants

Remind clients that they should study up on the plants in their house and in outside landscaping so they know whether they present any danger to pets.

9) Rodenticides

These are often grain based and very appealing to pets. The types of rodenticides animals are exposed to are changing but still dangerous. Bromethalin, a neurotoxin, is becoming much more common.

10) Garden Products

Pets often get into herbicides and fungicides that are left in the garage, shed or yard. Remind clients to use special care when applying such products

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