When it Comes to Toxins, Curiosity can Kill.
Although this site is called The Happy Dog Spot, when it comes to potential dog toxins, you want to make sure to avoid these dangerous substances around all of your four-legged family members.
In 2007, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled more than 130,000 pet poisoning cases.
The Most Common Household Toxins Involved in These Calls Were:
Visit our pet poison control pagefor what to do if your pet is poisoned.
According to VPI Pet Insurance, the nation’s oldest and largest pet insurer, some of the most commonly treated pet toxins are:
Some Dog Toxins Can be Surprising.
Even if you’ve been a long-time dog guardian, you might be surprised to hear about some of the most common dog toxins (and other pet toxins) in your home.
For instance, did you know that avocados are toxic for pets? That’s right. Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin known as “persin”. Although it is generally harmless to humans, persin is toxic to animals. Avocados or foods containing avocado should never be fed to any animal.
To find out more about which foods are potentially harmful to your dog, read about toxic foods for dogs.
Likewise, many common household plants are dog toxins. Some of these “budding poisons” are even common fixtures at the holiday season.
Mistletoe, for example, is a poisonous plant that causes vomiting and diarrhea, difficulty breathing, collapse, erratic behavior, hallucinations and even death.
Pine needles in Christmas trees are also toxic, and can cause oral irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, trembling and posterior weakness. Definitely don't let your dogs or other pets lick the Christmas tree water or chew on the needles.
For more information, read our article on poisonous plants for dogs.
Other nasty dog toxins just waiting to cause problems are those household cleaners most of us use on a daily basis. I have eliminated all toxic cleaners from my home, for the health and safety of Chase as well as my husband and myself.
As I said before, why on earth would I want to slather my home with toxic chemicals that claim to get it “clean” and “sanitized”?
Today There are More Non-Toxic Choices than Ever.
It used to be that if you wanted to only use non-toxic household cleaners, you either had to make them yourself or try to find them online from some boutique purveyor. And even if you could find them, they didn’t do a very good cleaning job.Thankfully, this is no longer the case.
Many of the major retailers and supermarket chains now carry non-toxic cleaning alternatives. One of my favorites is Method, a non-toxic line of cleaners for everything from stainless steel appliances and granite countertops to floors, as well as non-toxic furniture polish and dishwashing detergent (can you believe that most dishwasher detergents are toxic?). Method products smell great, are effective and are labeled as “non-toxic” right on the packaging.
I’d rather clean with products like these than ones with words like “hazard”, “danger”, “harmful if swallowed” or that have a skull and crossbones on them any day! Of course, we need to be careful even with products that are labeled “non-toxic”, but I feel much better using these around my house any day. After all, what dog doesn’t occasionally lick the floor or furniture?
What to do if Your Pet has Ingested a Toxin.
If you feel that your dog, cat or other animal has ingested a toxin, you should immediately contact a pet poison control center, such as the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center .
The Animal Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their phone number is 888-426-4435. There is a $60 fee for this service.
Another animal poison control resource is the Pet Poison Helpline . The Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour service available throughout North America for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.
The phone number for the Pet Poison Helpline is 800-213-6680.
There is a $35 per incident fee, payable by credit card. This fee covers the initial consultation as well as all follow up calls associated with the management of the case.
Be sure to visit all of our pages on dog toxins, as well as our pet poison control page, with advice from the ASPCA's Poison Control Center on what to do if your pet is poisoned.
Dog toxins are a serious – and potentially deadly – hazard. To prevent an unnecessary tragedy, be sure to do your research, and to keep your pets away from any potentially dangerous chemicals, medications, plants, foods or any other possibly toxic substances.
Your pet will thank you for it!