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PET HEALTH CORNER: ASPCA Top Ten Pet Toxins 2016

The ASPCA has released their list of the Top Ten Pet Toxins for 2016! Be prepared and make sure your pet avoids these toxins in 2017. The list comes from the ASPCA Poison Control Centre’s numbers of the ten toxins most commonly ingested by pets—and reported to the APCC—in 2016. Check out more information on the ASPCA’s website.

Top Ten Pet Toxins 2016

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10. Garden Products including herbicides and fungicides made up 2.6% of the APCC’s cases in 2016.  Make sure you store lawn and garden products someplace your pet can’t access them, and supervise your pets whenever they’re outside.

9. Plants. This year, plants accounted for 5.2% of the APCC’s cases. See our full list of poisonous plants and flowers here.

8. Rodenticides. Whether you live in the country or city, mice and rats might be a problem for you. Rodent poisons are designed to kill these animals, which means they are also incredibly toxic for your pets. Rodenticides made up 5.5% of cases on the APCC’s list.

7. Insecticides. The APCC has reported a decline in insecticide cases since 2015, but the danger is still there. Use caution when dealing with insect poisons around your pets.

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6. Chocolate. According to their website, the APCC receives an average of 39 chocolate calls every day. This makes up almost 7.9% of their cases. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be.

5. Household Items. This category includes items like paint, glue and cleaning supplies. Here’s a link to the APCC’s list of poisonous household items.

4. Veterinary products. Primarily over-the-counter supplements for joints and prescription pain medications are in this category with 9.3% of cases. Medication is designed to go down easy for our pets, which can make it tempting to eat the whole container.

3. Food. Certain human foods have high toxicity for pets. Foods such as onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, xylitol and alcohol are among these. Here’s a link to the APCC’s list of toxic human foods.

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2. Over-the-counter products. This category is exceptionally large, 16.7% of APCC’s cases, encompassing nearly 7,000 products. Ibuprofen is still the number one medication the APCC receives calls about.

1. Human Prescription Medications. At the top of the APCC’s list is  human prescription medications, accounting for nearly 17% of all cases at the APCC. The types of medication correlated with the most popular medications prescribed to humans. This includes heart medications, antidepressants and ADHD medications. Keep a close eye on where you handle and store potentially poisonous products around your pets.

Jun 16, 2017
by Emily Cook