Beware of Bifenthrin
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by Natalie May
2w ago
We all know how curious our canine friends can be, and when left unsupervised, they can get themselves into serious trouble! Unfortunately, you may have toxic substances in your backyard right now and not even know it. For example, common insecticides may contain a concerning active ingredient, Bifenthrin. Bifenthrin is used professionally and privately to reduce the insect population in the area in which it is spread. Bifenthrin can be found in many different forms, including granules, sprays, and aerosols. This insecticide is often seen in fire ant baits and can be purchased at most hardware ..read more
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Springtime Dangers for Dogs and Cats
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by Natalie May
1M ago
Spring is coming and with it the joys of nature! This is the perfect time of year for sharpening your gardening skills, getting rid of pests and participating in Easter activities, all while keeping your pets safe! Not everyone has a green thumb, but gardening can be a relaxing hobby to pursue. It’s always important to also consider the hazards to your pet when it comes to gardening. Some plants, when ingested by dogs and cats can be very poisonous: Garlic, onions, chives, and leeks can cause destruction of the red blood cells and weakness. Azaleas and rhododendrons may cause gastrointestinal ..read more
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Dangers of Slug and Snail Bait for Pets
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by Natalie May
2M ago
Spring is a beautiful time of the year, with the temperature warming and many people back outside working on gardens or landscaping. During this time, slugs and snails are common to re-emerge. Many people try to exterminate these pests by using chemicals. While this may be effective, it can be very dangerous to pets if they come in contact with particular chemicals, such as metaldehydes. Metaldehydes are significantly toxic to our household pets and can be found in granules, pellets, liquid formulations, and powder. Clinical signs of metaldehyde poisoning in animals include vomiting, diarrhea ..read more
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Don’t Leap to Conclusions!
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by Natalie May
3M ago
Happy Leap Day! It can be really easy to leap to conclusions on what is or is not safe for our pets. That’s why we’re here to help educate! Check out these common myths to watch out for to keep your pet happy and healthy.   Just because an animal ingested something, doesn’t mean it is ok for them to vomit it up. Sometimes going down once is bad enough, such as when a corrosive product is ingested. These substances can cause chemical burns in the mouth and esophagus that may only get worse if they are re-exposed during vomiting. Deep burns are more painful and can lead to life-threatening ..read more
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Valentine’s Day Concerns for Dogs and Cats
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by Natalie May
3M ago
February is the month of love! There are chocolates, flowers, balloons, teddy bears, and many other gifts that surround us. Even though it is such a beautiful and happy month for most, it can quickly fill with worry and concern. Many of the products that were mentioned above can be harmful if ingested by our pets. Therefore, it is important to recognize the potential risks and prevent these exposures. Chocolate comes in many different colors, shapes, wrappings, and fillings. Most importantly, it contains different concentrations of cocoa. Cocoa concentrations are the lowest in white chocolate ..read more
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Planning Your Landscaping? Here’s Something Yew Should Know
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by Natalie May
3M ago
It’s time to landscape around the property again. What’s that one common shrub that seems to line everyone’s property making the place seem more alive and symmetrical? That would be called the yew plant! Two of the most common evergreen shrubs used are the Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) and the English Yew (Taxus baccata). These plants contain small, flat, leaves and seed cones with a beautiful, fleshy red covering called an aril. These plants are gorgeous pieces of landscape art, as they can be trimmed to any shape or size to fit one’s personal preference. Maintenance is often required, as m ..read more
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Adverse Event Reporting Now Required for Cosmetic Products
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by Natalie May
4M ago
Small Minnesota Company Leads Implementation of New FDA Legislation   It is a little-known business story that sounds too good to be true. A small start-up company from Minneapolis transforms consumer product safety across an entire industry – and then goes on to lead seismic shifts in two additional industries and counting. And it all began with a tainted bottle of Tylenol. “I don’t think there is any one organization that has had a greater impact on the safety of products than we have,” said Dr. Richard Kingston, co-founder of SafetyCall International and Pet Poison Helpline. “Our exper ..read more
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Xylitol
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by Pet Poison Helpline
4M ago
Xylitol is a low calorie sugar substitute that has gained popularity since its first FDA-approved appearance in the early 1960s. It contains about two thirds the calories of regular sugar and has good properties for human health, with the initial marketing for diabetics. Today, you can probably imagine the amount of “low calorie” items that have been introduced to store shelves with xylitol listed in the ingredients. A few of the common items include sugar-free chewing gum, cookies, chocolate bars, peanut butter, pudding, mints, or a powdery substance for baking. In addition, due to the numero ..read more
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“Zzzzz’s For Us, Problems For Your Pet
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by Pet Poison Helpline
4M ago
Many adults use sleep aids such as Ambien® (zolpidem) to help treat insomnia or other sleep disorders. Ambien is a sedative-hypnotic that acts on the human brain to produce a calming effect allowing people with insomnia to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. In pets, this medication can cause nervous system effects that can be detrimental to your pet’s wellbeing. Depending on how your pet metabolizes this medication, it can cause sleepiness/sedation, or it can have the opposite effect and cause hyperactivity and agitation. When pets accidentally ingest any medication, the first thing a ..read more
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2023 Annual Report Card
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by Natalie May
4M ago
What a year! In our 2023 Report Card, we reflect on 365 days of incredible work to help make the world a safer place for pets. Here are a few highlights from 2023: We heard from pet parents and veterinary clinics all over North America this year – especially in Texas, California, New York and Florida. Our most common call was chocolate (which reigned supreme in 2022, too)! With more cannabis legalizations, we have seen rises in toxins related to marijuana throughout the year and kept a close eye on those trends. We served a variety of species this year – 99% were cats and dogs, but we had cal ..read more
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