Since 1961, the third week of March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week and this year awareness dates are March 17-23. The WVMA and member veterinarians are urging everyone to think of their pets, as they are often the most vulnerable.
“It only takes a few minutes to educate yourself on how to pet-proof your home,” says Dr. K.C. Brooks, president of WVMA, “Taking the correct steps ahead of time will save you the headache and guilt that happens after a pet is accidentally poisoned.”
The most common poison cases involve dogs consuming human medication. Though consumption of human medication is the most prevalent, there are many other household substances which are toxic to dogs. Below are the five most common toxins that poisoned dogs in 2012 according to Pet Poison Helpline.
If you ever have reason to believe your pet has consumed a toxic substance, take immediate action. Contact your WVMA member veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. To find a WVMA member veterinarian go to www.wvma.org.
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