Poison Control

If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. 


Insecticide and laundry detergent led the list of top 10 toxins during 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reported.

Click Here to see the ASPCA's list of top Toxins


Rat Poison and Rodenticides

Rodenticides are highly toxic to pets—if ingested, the results could be fatal. If you must use these products, do so with extreme caution and put them in places inaccessible to your pets.  Consider live traps that will keep the rodents out of reach of your pets and can then be released into the wild.

Slug and Snail Bait

Our climate is perfect for all types of outdoor activities. Gardening is one of those that most people can enjoy almost all year long. Rain not only awakens the flowers, it also brings out slugs and snails! Before you reach for the slug and snail bait, stop and read the label!

The ingredient most commonly used is Metaldehyde. It is extremely toxic to pets. Once your pet ingests the product, the body begins to process the poison. Seizures and death can occur within hours of ingestion. It its important that you call your veterinarian and bring your pet in immediately for treatment if you see them eating slug or snail bait. If you can bring the original packaging with you, the vet will be better informed for your pet’s treatment.

All forms of the slug and snail bait that contain Metaldehyde are poisonous to pets (ie. pellets, flakes, pour on).

Look for alternative, non-toxic forms of slug and snail bait that are made with iron phosphate. These can be used with less traumatic results around pets. This slug and snail bait causes the snails and slugs to stop eating and die. The bait will also break down into the soil and provide nutrients for your garden. If your pet eats the iron phosphate, diarrhea and vomiting may occur.

Beer bait traps are another alternative. The yeast in the beer is attractive to slugs and snails. Make sure the traps you choose to use have a sturdy top on them, so that your pet can not help himself!

The last alternative is to hand pick the slugs and snails and dispose of them in the trash. This is truly the most non-toxic way of dealing with these pests.

The best time to hand pick is after a rain, in the evening. Also, eliminating hiding places such as empty pots, wooden boards, etc., will also help keep their numbers under control.

House Plants

Many common household plants are toxic to dogs and cats. If you suspect that your pet has eaten part of a plant and your pet is ill, please contact your veterinarian. If directed to take your pet in to their office, you may be asked to bring the plant with you. A positive identification of the plant may assist your veterinarian in diagnosis and treatment.

Not only should plants be considered toxic, so should fertilizer, pesticides and soil amendments. Pets should not be allowed to drink from plant trays, especially after the plants have been fertilized.

Silk plants can also be dangerous. Pets have been known to ingest the fake foliage, requiring surgery and hospitalization.

There are some indoor plants that are safe for your pets. Many pet supply stores offer packets of pet safe plants. These are usually sold in kits that you water and sprout yourself. Just remember, no fertilizer or other amendments.

Here is a partial list of some household plants that are poisonous: Aloe, Arum, Croton, Dumbcane, Pothos, English Ivy, Mistletoe, ALL of the Lily family (any ingestion of the lily family is an emergency and should be seen right away), Philodendron, Holly, Azalea, and Peace Lily. Click here for a more complete list.

Not all of the plants listed above are fatal (again, ingestion of any of the lily family is an emergency), but many of them are if eaten in large quantities. If you think your pet has eaten a houseplant, please call your vet.


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