Pet Health: Little-known poisonous items

KOIN News AM Extra

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For Wednesday’s edition of Pet Health, Dr. Jason Nicholas from Preventive Vet joined AM Extra to go over a lot of foods and items that are just as poisonous to pets as chocolate…

  • Xylitol – It’s a popular sugar substitute in gums, baked products, and even some peanut butters. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs, even in very small quantities.
  • Lilies – With Easter approaching, take note that petals, pollen, stems, and even the vase water can cause serious kidney failure in cats.
  • Pyrethrin – The substance based flea preventatives on (or around) cats can cause a problem when people split dog products with their cats. It can cause serious muscle tremors and nervous system damage.

Tips to avoid pet poisonings:

  • Be aware of what’s toxic to your pets
  • Read all the labels, especially for Xylitol!
  • Hang up all bags like purses, backpacks, gym bags and coats; don’t leave them on chairs, couches, floors
  • Dispense all medications and supplements over sink, bowl, toilet, or tub
  • Talk to your vet about safe and effective flea and other parasite prevention
  • Don’t give your pets any medications or supplements without first checking with your vet

Effects of poisonings can happen quickly, so never use a “wait and see” approach:

  • Call your vet or local Animal ER
  • Call a pet-specific poison control hotline
    • ASPCA-Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435
    • Pet Poison Helpline: 1-855-764-7661
  • Don’t make the pet vomit without first speaking with vet or poison control
  • Bring packaging to vet and/or have handy when calling poison control

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