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Ask Dr. Dolamore: A list of the top pet poisons

Dear Dr. Dolamore,

I have a dog and a cat. What are the most common poisons that could affect my pets? If I think my pet has ingested something potentially dangerous, but she seems normal what should I do? – JD, Frisco

Top pet poisons

Here are the most common substances that poison control hotlines get calls about. Some of these listed are more dangerous than others, but when in doubt, call your veterinarian or one of the contact numbers at the end of this column to find out what to do. And remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

1. Chocolate

2. Insect bait stations

3. Rodenticides (i.e., mouse and rat poison)

4. Fertilizers

5. Xylitol-containing products (i.e., sugar-free gums and candies)

6. Human drugs – ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form), acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form), amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs, marijuana, tranquilizers and heart medications.

7. Household cleaner and liquid potpourri

8. Silica gel packs

9. Glo-sticks

10. Poison-contaminated foods and treats.

1. Lilies

2. Dog pyrethrin insecticides (topical flea and tick medicine designed for dogs but erroneously placed on cats)

3. Household cleaners

4. Rat poison, snail bait.

5. Paints and varnishes

6. Human NSAIDS’ and veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Rimadyl®, Deramaxx®) These can be deadly

7. Glow sticks/glow jewelry

8. Human medications – amphetamines (such as ADD/ADHD drugs)

a. Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)

b. Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)

9. Poison-contaminated pet foods and treats

If you even think your pet gotten into even a small portion of these items or ANY other questionable substance, call a poison control hotline or your veterinarian for assistance.

Stay calm and be ready with the following information: –

– The species, breed, age, sex, weight

– The animal’s symptoms, if any

– Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.

– Have the product container/packaging available for reference.

– Collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.

1. Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680 24-hour service. There is a $39 per incident fee, payable by credit card. This fee covers the initial consultation as well as all follow-up calls

2. ASPCA (888) 426-4435. 24-hour service. There is a $65 consultation fee.

3. Angell Animal Poison Control Center 1-877-226-4355 $60 consultation fee

*Information source: Pet Poison Helpline and ASPCA

Dr. Dolamore is a Summit County Veterinarian and also a Real Estate Broker at Omni Real Estate. Feel free to send your pet health questions to