Top poisons affecting Trupanion pets
Cats and dogs are both at risk for poisoning, and you can find many pet poisons in your cupboards, garage, even your everyday purse or briefcase. This provides the curious cat and dog easy access to items that can cause them serious harm. In fact, we searched our database and found thousands of cases of pets poisoned by everyday household items. We want to share some of the most common poisons we found, so we can help you prevent this from happening to your own pet.
Food and beverages: Chocolate is a well-known toxin, but we still see hundreds of claims for chocolate toxicity every year. Of the $1.3 million paid out toward toxicity claims, over 10% went toward chocolate toxicity claims specifically. This is especially true around the holidays. Other common poisons include xylitol (found in sugar-free gum), grapes, raisins, alcohol, yeast dough, caffeine, onions, macadamias, and mushrooms.
Substances around the home: We all want to get rid of bugs and rodents we find in our homes, but that can pose a serious problem for pets as poison-related claims involving pest control products top the list. Antifreeze, dishwashing detergent, and household cleaner are also real dangers.
Medications: 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. These include acetaminophen, pseudoephedrine, albuterol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
Plants: 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 sago palm ingestion in dogs. Of all the claims, lily toxicity came out as 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 neccessary. 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 pet first aid kit with any supplies you may need.
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.