10 Pet Toxins 2015
Pet Toxin by State
known and unknown toxins can be found hiding in our houses and yards.
In 2011, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL,
fielded more than 165,900 phone calls about pets exposed to poisonous
substances. Visit our poison app on Facebook.
These medications, including herbal and other natural supplements,
attracted the most concern this year for the first time in the APCC’s
history, with more than 28,500 cases reported. This category is
exceptionally large, encompassing nearly 7,000 products.
prescription medications: Prescribed human medications fell
to the second spot on the list, representing nearly 16% of all cases.
The types of medication to which animals were most often exposed
correlate with the most popular medications prescribed to humans.
Insect poisons accounted for nearly 9% of the calls to APCC (more
than 15,000 cases). If label directions are not followed, these
products can be very dangerous to pets.
foods: Pets—especially dogs, who ingest human foods more often
than cats—can get into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic,
grapes, raisins, alcohol and xylitol. More than 14,600 APCC cases
in 2015 involved human foods.
items: Products found around the home made up more than 14,000
cases in 2015. The most common items for this category include cleaning
products, fire logs and paint.
medications: Overdoses of medications prescribed by veterinarians
represented more than 7% of total cases in 2015. Chewable medications
are very appealing to pets, requiring extra caution.
Chocolate continues be very problematic for pets, accounting for
more than 7% of all APCC cases in 2015—averaging more than 30 cases
a day. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it can be.
Indoor and outdoor plants represented nearly 5% of the calls to
the APCC in 2015. Most of these calls involve cats and houseplants.
Be sure to understand the toxicity of plants before putting them
in or around your house.
Rodent poisons can be just as toxic to pets as they are to the mice
and rats these products are designed to kill. Last year, APCC handled
more than 8,100 cases involving rodenticides.
and garden products. These products, including herbicides and
fungicides, round out the top ten, accounting for 3% of all APCC
calls. It’s incredibly important to store lawn and garden products
out of the reach of pets.
you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic,
please contact your veterinarian or the
Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at