Observe Animal Poison Prevention Week in March-Press Release
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Observe Animal Poison Prevention Week in March
Contact: Linda DiBiase
Phoenix, AZ – February 22, 2015 – Animal Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, is a perfect time to perform a poisoning risk checkup on your pet’s surroundings. The week is part of the larger National Poison Prevention Month observance. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA) encourages pet owners to take steps to create a safe environment for their pets.
One-quarter of all calls to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) are concerning human medications, usually a by-product of chewing on the containers or a dropped tablet. According to Dr. Michelle Larsen of the Emergency Animal Clinic, Avondale, “You’d be surprised how interesting, and even appetizing, your household pet may find a tablet or a pill vial.” Keep all medications out of reach of your pets; many can be lethal even in small doses. According to ASPCA APCC the top five most common human medications ingested by pets are: ibuprofen, Tramadol, Alprazolam (Xanax), Adderall, and Ambien. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is very toxic to cats. Other poisonous substances include household cleaners, pesticides, and some human foods such as chocolate, grapes, garlic, onions, avocado, and macadamia nuts. Ingestion of many common plants, such as lilies, can lead to illness and, in some cases, death. Flea medication should be applied only after carefully reading labels. Species-specific products should only be used for that species.
Have a plan of action if poisoning occurs. Plan to collect any containers or samples that will help determine the type of poisoning; also collect anything your pet vomited or chewed in a sealed plastic bag and bring the samples with you to your veterinarian. Even if your pet isn’t showing symptoms, seek emergency assistance. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 offers phone consultation for $65, and can advise on whether or not to seek veterinary attention and/or pet first aid at home. If your pet is microchipped and registered with HomeAgain, this $65 fee is waived. Many manufacturers, such as Roundup, also cover the fee of reporting the event to APCC. Keep this information, along with your veterinarian’s phone number, posted for easy access.
Call the AzVMA at 602-242-7936 for more information. The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association is a membership organization representing over 2,000 veterinary professionals in the state of Arizona.