Prescription medications for human use top the lsit of pet toxins for the fourth year in a row according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control in Urbana, Ill fielded more than 165,000 calls in 2011 regarding exposures of pets to potentially poisonous substances as reported In JAVMA April 1. 2012. The top five toxins that prompted calls were as follows:
So put these phone numbers in your cell phone NOW: The ASPCA poison control center 24 hour hot line is (888)426-4435. You can also get help from your local veterinarian at Animal Health Care (732)972-3201 and/or the emergency services of Garden State Veterinary Specialists (732)-922-0011.
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- Prescription human medications: close to 25,000 calls were logged regarding pets ingesting human prescription medications. A large percentage were related to heart medications and meds for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders.
- Insecticides: 11% of calls concerned insecticides such as lawn products, home products, and flea and tick products.
- Over-the-counter human medications: almost 18,000 calls were about OTC such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
- People foods: more then 7,600 calls concerned chocolate. Xylitol which is found is sugar free gum and other products was the second most common food toxin exposure prompting calls.
- Household items: the center received nearly 12,000 calls about general household items such as paint, fire logs, and drain openers.