Top poisons affecting Trupanion pets
You can find many items in your cupboards, garage, garden, even your everyday purse or briefcase that could be poisonous to your pet. This provides curious cats and dogs easy access to items that can cause serious harm to them. In fact, we searched our database and found thousands of cases of pets poisoned by common household items and paid over $1.3 million toward toxicity claims for cats and dogs. Below are some of the most common poisons we found.
Food and beverages
We see many poison claims involving human pain relievers and medications because the pills are so small and can be easily scooped up by pets when dropped. Some other medicines found around the home are often taken with food and can be especially tempting to pets. The most common are:
Acetaminophens like Tylenol
Pseudoephedrines like Sudafed
Albuterol found in inhalers
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
Medicinal marijuana (intended for humans)
Ingestion of poisonous plants is a big concern, since many people like to decorate with them throughout the year. Lilies are especially dangerous for cats, and we’ve seen several claims for both sago palm and holly ingestion in dogs. Out of all of these claims, lily toxicity is one of the most expensive, with an average claim cost of $1,000.
If you think your pet has been poisoned
Stay calm and act fast. Many of these toxins absorb quickly, and a fast response is the most effective.
Safely remove the toxin from your pet’s reach if necessary. Do not allow them to ingest any more of the substance.
Contact your veterinarian immediately. If your veterinarian’s office is closed, contact your local emergency clinic, or call a pet poison hotline and follow their instructions. How to prepare
Keep emergency contact information readily accessible including your veterinarian’s phone number and directions to your local 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital.
Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best plan for you and your pet.
Prepare a with any supplies you may need. pet first aid kit
Familiarize yourself with pet poisons and keep them out of reach of your pets. If you believe your pet has ingested a poison, do not wait for signs to develop — take your pet immediately to the veterinarian. Real stories of pet poisonings
Georgie the Pug ingested yeast dough and the ethanol from the yeast made him extremely ill. Read more about Georgie.
Bruce the Domestic Shorthair ingested part of a lily, which lead to renal failure. Read more about Bruce.
Gus the Wheaten Terrier ingested a box of yogurt-covered raisins and was in the hospital for 3 days. Read more about Gus.
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