We recently received a great notice from one of the pet insurance companies that our clients frequently use. The company announced that they are now providing a 24/7 Poison Helpline for pets that are exposed to toxins.
There is also a hotline that you can call for help if your pet has ingested or has been exposed to something potentially harmful. There is a fee for using the hotline, but it’s a very manageable $39. (This is in comparison to the ASPCA Poison Control hotline, which charges $65.) Both resources are excellent and provide vets and owners assistance if an exposure has occurred.
The Pet Poison Helpline also has an app! If you’re an iPhone/iPad user, you can see the app here. It’s reasonably priced at $1.99. The app includes a list of poisons/toxic plants with pictures.
This is worth a look, pet owners! At the hospital, we work on accidental exposures pretty regularly — at least once a month a pet eats something it shouldn’t have. Human medications are right at the top of that list. Pills get dropped, or meds get mixed up, and in some cases that could have serious side effects for pets and/or owners.
From the Pet Poison Hotline web page, here’s a list of the top 10 human medications that are poisonous to pets:
- 1. NSAIDs — aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Aleve, Motrin)
2. Acetaminophen — Tylenol
3. Antidepressants (Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro) *
4. ADD/ADHD Medications (Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin)
5. Benzodiazepines and sleep aids (Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta) *
6. Birth control (estrogen, estradiol, progesterone)
7. ACE Inhibitors (Zestril, Altace)
8. Beta-blockers (Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg)
9. Thyroid hormones (Synthroid, Armour desiccated thyroid)
10. Cholesterol meds (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor) *
* Some of these medications may be prescribed for a pet by a veterinarian. However, if your pet eats any of these, call the veterinarian or the hotline right away! The dosages may be VERY different for pets as compared to people.
Does anyone have any questions about medications or toxins? Go take a look at the website. I bet you’ll find something you’ve got around the house that could be dangerous to your pets!