Toxic Ten

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013.

With so many chemicals, foods, objects, etc. for our furry friends to get into, it is hard to know what is dangerous and what isn’t. Well according to the April issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, we have the top ten from 2012.

In tenth place,  Lawn and Garden products. This includes items such as fertilizers, herbicides, and snail/slug bait.

Ninth place is held by Rodenticides. Examples are anticoagulants, bromethalin, cholecalciferol.

Coming in eighth place, we have Plants. Some examples include, lilies, sago palms, and house plants.

Seventh is Chocolate.

Sixth is Human Food. Especially, xylitol, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and avocados.

In fifth place, Household Items. Such as paint, cleaning products, and laundry detergent.

Fourth is Veterinary Products. NSAIDs, phenylpropanolamine, joint products, heartworm medications are all included in this list.

Third place are Over the Counter Human Medications. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, vitamin D, just to name a few.

Second are Insecticides. This includes insecticide granules, yard sprays, and preventatives for pets.

As for the number one toxicoses, Human Prescription Medications. Examples include cardiac drugs, antidepressants, thyroid, and ADHD medications.

So please keep your furry friends safe by using common sense when housing these items. If you have other questions regarding toxicities feel free to visit or call us anytime.