October 25, 2016

Animal Poison Control: ASPCA's Lifesaving 24/7 Service

Do you know what foods,  household products and medications, and plants are potentially toxic to dogs and cats?

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ("ASPCA") maintains a very informative Animal Poison Control  website that lists plants, foods, and household products that can be toxic to animals, as well as a 24/7 animal poison control telephone hotline - (888) 426-4435 - for animal poisoning emergency assistance.

I've referred to the website many times to check on plants I'm considering adding to my garden.  Keep the emergency number programmed into your phone, I also have it on my refrigerator for ease of reference.  We had to call the hotline once for our late dog Titus, thankfully what he ingested was not poisonous.  The ASPCA people who helped us were calming, knowledgeable, and, well, simply awesome in a stressful situation.

Titus the Dog  (2000 - 2014)
Never Forgotten and Always in our Hearts
Stay safe, everyone!

Mary Rae Fouts

8 comments:

  1. I didn't realize how many plants can be toxic. Titus was very beautiful!

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  2. Hope I never have to use the hotline. Glad Titus was ok.

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    1. Thank you. The ASPCA staff was really great, they knew their stuff.

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  3. Watch out for mushrooms, some dogs will eat them and many are poisonous.

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    1. Agree. Rain has started here in Northern CA, so always need to check for mushrooms.

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  4. I've thought about giving my cat tylenol, glad now I never did. Never knew it is toxic.

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    1. Yes, apparently Tylenol can be very toxic, causing liver and/or kidney failure. Ugh.

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