Veterinary in Beverly Hills Discusses Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month


Each year, millions of pets suffer from accidental poisoning. In an effort to raise awareness of this all-too-common situation, March has been designated Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. At Family Veterinary, Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to provide some useful information regarding the most common poisons and symptoms of poisoning. 

Most Common Pet Poisons

Accidental poisoning is more common in pets than many people realize. This is because so many things that are normal parts of our daily lives are harmful to our pets. From chocolate and caffeine to lilies and mistletoe, you could have several things lurking in or around your home that pose a threat to your furry friend. Some of the most common pet toxins include: 

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications for people and pets
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Supplements
  • Citrus Oils
  • Mold, especially moldy food
  • Holiday plants, including mistletoe, poinsettia, and Easter lilies
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic
  • Bones and fats
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum and some peanut butter brands)
  • Rodenticides/Insecticides
  • Household chemicals

Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive and that there are many other foods, products, and plants. To learn more, we encourage you to visit the ASPCA Poison Control website

Signs of Poisoning in Pets

The symptoms of accidental poisoning in pets can vary greatly. Keep in mind, too, that they may begin immediately or take some time to develop. Some of the most common symptoms include: 

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Excessive drooling
  • Extreme weakness or lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscle tremors or seizures
  • Hyperactivity
  • Pale or yellowish gums

When to Seek Help from a Veterinarian in Beverly Hills

If you have any reason to suspect that your pet has ingested or been exposed to a poisonous or toxic substance, seek help from a veterinarian in Beverly Hills immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to develop. If symptoms have already developed, call for help immediately. The sooner a veterinarian can begin treatment, the better the prognosis for your precious pet. If your need needs emergency care, contact us right away. 


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