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Valentine’s Day tips from Pet Poison Helpline

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Dear reader:
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought pet owners would like to check out the following information about some potential dangers to your pets. Please take a moment to read the following News Release I just received from the Pet Poison Hotline. The information may help to save your pet one of these days. /Gary

Valentine’s Day Tips from Pet Poison Helpline

Ideas for keeping pets safe from potential dangers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with this holiday of love comes gifts, many of which include candies and flowers. The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline ( share some of the common culprits of pet poisonings related to these well-intentioned gifts.

“Unfortunately, some well-intentioned gifts of love can be toxic to your pets,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Certain flowers, candy and sweeteners can be hazardous, so keeping those things out of their reach is one of the most loving things you can do for your pets this Valentine’s Day.”
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Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012
Under: Pets, Pets & Poisons, Poison | 1 Comment »

Poison prevention: Keeping your pets safe from common household items

Family pets by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA
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Just got the very important news release below this morning. Please read it carefully. It could save the life of your family pet(s). /Gary

National Poison Prevention Week March 20-26

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Common Household Items

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 7, 2011) – For 46 years, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week by U.S. Public Law 87-319. This year, it is observed March 20-26. According to the National Safety Council, thousands of lives have been saved due to physical barriers like child-resistant packaging and awareness campaigns. Likewise, in recent years, the veterinarians at have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about protecting our vulnerable and unknowing pets from common household items that are highly poisonous to them.

“Every year, we receive thousands of phone calls from pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians about potentially poisoned pets,” said Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and associate director of Veterinary Services for Pet Poison Helpline. “Fifty percent of the calls are for pets that have been accidentally poisoned by something that is safe for humans, but toxic to pets. It only takes a few minutes to educate yourself on how to avoid these situations. Appropriate pet-proofing and awareness of what to do in the event of a pet poisoning situation could spare you and your pet trips to the veterinarian for expensive, but life-saving treatments.”
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Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011
Under: Pets & Poisons, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

Rodent pest control: Use caution when using poison bait

Ground squirrel. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA.
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More problems with using poison to control rodents. There’s the risk of secondary poisoning of wildlife and pets as suggested in the DFG news release below. There is also the risk of direct poisoning of wildlife and pets around your house and yard when you use these poisons.

Rats and mice sometimes carry pieces of poison bait from supposedly safe bait stations used around your home and leave these pieces of poison bait lying in unprotected places in your yard or house where pets (or children!), or other wild creatures can find them.  If you must control rodents, I recommend using traps and NOT poisons. /Gary

DFG News, Aug. 17, 2010:
Wildlife Experts Issue Warning about Controlling Rodent Pests with Poison

State and county officials remind Californians to use caution when using poison baits (rodenticides) to control rodent pests. Careless use of these chemicals has injured and killed wildlife and pets throughout the state.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Under: Ground squirrels, Pest control, Pesticide, Pets & Poisons, Poison, Rat poison | 3 Comments »

Pet poisoning: Main sources of pet poisoning revealed

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Just got the information below on pet poisoning from Veterinary Pet Insurance Company. Pet owners should definitely read this and take all necessary precautions to keep your own pets from being poisoned. /Gary

Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals the Sources of Pet poisoning
Poisoning Incidents Cost Pet Owners Millions Each year

Pet owners often joke about pets being like vacuum cleaners literally eating anything put in front of them. Unfortunately, that lack of dietary discretion too often results in pets ingesting toxic substances, emergency visits to the veterinarian, and large medical bills. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) has analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to find the sources behind the hundreds of poisoning claims submitted to VPI every month.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
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National Poison Prevention Week: Protect your pets from poisons

Lab photo by Flickr user kevin rodriguez ortiz used under a Creative Commons License
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ASPCA Reminds Pet Parents: Protect Your Pet from Perilous Poisons

It’s National Poison Prevention Week and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reminds us that there are a LOT of poisons that our pets can encounter around the house while going about their everyday activities during the week. Please keep that in mind and read the following information carefully. You might even want to print it out and post it on your refrigerator door. It couldn’t hurt. /Gary

From the ASPCA:
Has your dog ever chomped on chocolate? Does your kitty like to snack on plants? In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 14 to March 20), the ASPCA sheds light on the most common dangers pets may encounter, and offers helpful advice for poison-proofing your home.
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Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010
Under: ASPCA, Poison, Poisonous plants | 3 Comments »

Pet care tips for Valentine’s Day & all year long

Jasmine the cat by Bogue

From time-to-time I get news releases sent to me that are filled with handy information that should be useful to pet owners and others. If you have a pet living with your family, I think you’ll find the information below to be very helpful. /Gary

Pet Poison Helpline has compiled a list of 14 ways pet owners can shower their pets with love and affection – not only on Valentine’s Day – but year round. From making sure pets stay fit, to keeping poisonous items out of reach, the following tips will ensure pets stay healthy and happy and will (hopefully) be around for many Valentine’s Days to come.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets, Pets & Poisons, Pets in Danger, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

Top toxins for pets. Tips to keep YOUR pets safe


Has your dog ever chomped on chocolate? Does your kitty like to snack on plants?

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 15 to March 21), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sent me the following information that sheds light on the most common dangers your pets may encounter, and offers helpful advice for poison-proofing your home.

Read this carefully. It might even be a good idea to print out and post this information on your refrigerator door. After all … the life you save may be that of your special pet.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Under: ASPCA, Cats, dogs, Pets, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

Top 10 over-the-counter meds that poison your pets

Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help you feel better, but they can make your pets feel a LOT worse.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York has put together a list of the top 10 human medications that most often poison our pets:
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2008
Under: Drugs, Medications, Pets, Poison | No Comments »

Poisoning Ground Squirrels — is it right?

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My column in the Times today (Sunday, Oct. 12) contains a letter from Kelly Adams of Clayton, California, complaining about two men from the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture, who she caught scattering poison to eradicate ground squirrels in the open space on the slopes of Mount Diablo on the other side of her back fence.

Needless to say Kelly was more than a little upset at this.
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Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008
Under: Ground squirrels, Mount Diablo, Poison | 16 Comments »

Warning to gardeners: Cocoa bean mulch can be toxic to dogs

The ASPCA has put out a PET POISON ALERT for cocoa bean mulch.

If your dog likes to munch on things in your garden, his treat-seeking nose may lead him to one danger in particular: the sweet-smelling, but potentially harmful cocoa bean mulch. Made of cocoa bean shells and considered desirable for its eventual degradation into organic fertilizer, this gardener’s choice can be toxic to canines if eaten in large quantities.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Under: Cocoa bean mulch, dogs, Poison, Toxic | 1 Comment »