National Poison Prevention Week is this month, highlighting the dangers of accidental poisonings and how to prevent them. Despite an effort to spread awareness about poisons, we have still paid over $2.9 million in claims for toxicity and poisoning in dogs and cats since 2013. While some of these toxins are well known—like chocolate—many may be a surprise. We looked into our database of toxicity and poison claims finding the 10 most common substances toxic to cats and dogs found very close to home.
Trupanion’s 10 Most Common Pet Poison and Toxicity Claims
- Rat Poison
- Common household drugs (like NSAID’s, Advil, and Acetaminophen)
- Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum)
- Grapes and Raisins
- Plants (like lily or sago palm)
- Onions and Garlic
Some substances are far more toxic or tempting for cats than dogs, and vice-versa. For example, of the claims paid out, over 10% went toward chocolate toxicity claims specifically, and 95% of those claims came from dogs. On the other hand, lilies are incredibly toxic to cats and can lead to kidney failure if your cat simply licks a lily bulb. Of all the claims, lily toxicity came out as one of the most expensive, with an average claim cost of $1,000.
“The best option is to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach. If you think your pet has been exposed to any of these toxins, it is important to stay calm and act quickly. Keep your veterinarian’s contact information and a pet first aid kit readily accessible in case of an incident,” says Denise Petryk, DVM.
For more tips and information on pet poison prevention, visit Trupanion’s Guide to Poison Prevention.