March 16-22: National Poison Prevention Week

This week in March has been designated as Poison Prevention Week to bring awareness to the signs, and symptoms of poisoning in your dog or cat.  CanEVA PETS is sharing the top 10 items that are potentially life threatening to your 4-legged companion.  Some you are probably aware of and some may surprise you!  See our blog on cannabis intoxication in dogs and cats as the legalization of Marijuana has increased the availability of this product throughout Canada and some of the United States.

DOGS:

Chocolate, Mouse and Rat Poisons (rodenticides), Anti-inflammatory medications, Xylitol (sugar-free gum & more), Grapes & Raisins, Antidepressant Medications, Acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol). Vitamin D,

Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD), Fertilizers

CATS:

Lilies (Lilium species), Spot-on flea/tick medication for dogs, Household Cleaners, Antidepressant Medications, Essential Oils, Anti-inflammatory Medications, Mouse & Rat Poisons (rodenticides), Stimulant Medications (e.g., for ADD/ADHD), Onions & GarlicVitamin D Overdose

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.  Make sure that your pet is breathing normally and do NOT give them any home remedies such as milk, food, sat or oil to induce vomiting without consulting with a veterinarian.  Sometimes inducing vomiting can be contraindicated.  If you can, try to get a sample of what your pet consumed the package or container and keep this to show to the Vet. 

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