Twas the Night Before Christmas
and all through the house
All the creatures were stirring
One might even say conferring
On where all the goodies were hidden
Not realizing they were forbidden…
With the flurry of holiday preparations and all the comings and goings, it’s a time when we may be more distracted than normal. And therefore a time when our dogs may find their way into any number of things that could poison or kill them.
At this time of year, I keep a printed copy of poisonous food for dogs on the fridge so that visitors are also made aware of foods that could harm or kill dogs.
All of the following foods are potentially deadly: some are deadly in small amounts.
- Avocado (skin, pits, leaves, bark; possibly fruit)
- Caffeine found in coffee, tea, energy drinks
- Fatty foods
- Macadamia Nuts
- Onions & Onion Family
- Raisins and Grapes
- Yeast Dough
- Xylitol (a very common sweetener, deadly to animals, and found in sugarless
- gum & candies, toothpaste, and even in some Rescue Remedy pastille tablets).
Along with this list, I keep this number:
Poison Control Hotline
888-426-4435, Toll Free Number. It is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There is a consult fee of $60, payable by credit card. This includes follow-up consultation (they provide a special number) with you or your vet throughout the case.
You will need to have the following information ready:
- Species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved
- Substance (if known), the amount and the time since ingestion or exposure
- Product packaging for reference
If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having trouble breathing, call ahead and take him or her immediately to your vet or to an emergency vet clinic. Take any product packaging with you.
Keep emergency numbers at the ready: your vet, emergency vet and the poison control hotline. Keep directions to your vet and emergency vet in an accessible place, and remember to leave information for pet sitters.
Here are more worthwhile tips and information from Animal Poison Control.
Common Household Poisons and Hazards
- Cocoa mulch
- Insecticides and Pesticides
- Organophosphate lawn products
- Prescription and over the counter medications
- Ribbons & tinsel
- Rodent bait
Common Poisonous Plants
- Autumn Crocus
- Azalea/ Rhododendron
- Castor Bean
- Peach, Plum, Cherry, Apricot (seeds, leaves, stems)
- Sago Palm
- Tulip / Narcissus bulbs
Animal Poison Control First Aid Kit Recommendations
- Fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3% (to induce vomiting)
- Turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to give peroxide)
- Saline eye solution
- Artificial tear gel
- Mild grease-cutting dish-washing liquid (bathing after skin contamination)
- Forceps (stinger removal)
- Muzzle (to protect against fear or excitement induced biting)
- Can of favorite wet food
- Pet carrier
Web Resources from Animal Poison Control
From our family to yours–
Have a Wonderful Holiday everyone!
See you on the other side of the New Year!