Pet Poison Prevention Week: Be Informed and Prepared

Each year, the 3rd full week of March is Poison Prevention Week.
With over 199,000 reported cases of potential pet poisonings in 2017,
Pet Poison Awareness is a year-long endeavor.

It’s an undeniable fact; canines constantly explore their world with their curious noses and mouths. So creating and maintaining a safe environment is critical to keeping our beloved K9s safe from accidental poisonings.




Did You Know?

National Poison Prevention Week has been
observed since an official proclamation by
President John F. Kennedy in 1962.


As a wise man, named Benjamin Franklin, once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With some advance knowledge and preparation, you can protect your dog (and other pets) from potential poisoning.

Dogs Explore with their Noses and MouthsTo help animal owners effectively educate themselves about potential toxins, the APCC (ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centers) has created a must-have (FREE) mobile app to help animal owners to:

1. “Quickly identify over 300 potential everyday hazards;
2. Provides crucial information about the severity of the problem; and
3. Critical next steps."

Available for both iPhones and Android, the app also offers a critical, one-touch speed-dial to the Poison Control Center when time is of the essence in the event of a potential poisoning.


Get the FREE Poison App from APCC


Whether you are a pet owner or a professional who takes care of pets, take a moment to download and use this lifesaving app today and share it with a friend. You just might save a pet’s life!



Many pet toxins are commonly found in the typical home, garage, and yard! So knowing what to look for will go a long way toward preventing your pet’s exposure to potentially lethal substances.

The top ten categories for pet toxins include (from #1 to #10):

Tulips are Poisonous to Dogs

  1. Prescription Medications
  2. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications (including Herbal & Natural Supplements)
  3. Foods
  4. Veterinary Products
  5. Chocolate
  6. Household Cleaning Products
  7. Insecticides
  8. Rodenticides
  9. Plants
  10. Seasonal Garden Products



Marijuana is the newest threat to our petsWith the increased use of legalized recreational and medical marijuana, sadly, there has also been an increase in marijuana poisonings in pets.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, marijuana toxicity in pets has increased by 448% (over the past 6 years)!

Poisoning of pets by marijuana can happen by:

  • Ingesting actual pieces of the marijuana plant or dried marijuana
  • Ingesting marijuana edibles (baked goods, chocolate bars and liquids)
  • Inhaling second-hand smoke

Common symptoms of marijuana toxicity in pets include:

  • Sedation and/or lethargy
  • Dilated pupils or glassed over eyes
  • Dazed expressions
  • Difficulty walking
  • Vomiting

If you suspect marijuana poisoning in your pet (even in a small amount), take your pet immediately to your veterinarian for critical supportive care and monitoring.

Even if you personally don’t have marijuana in your home, keep in mind it could be in places you and/or your dog visit (other homes, businesses and even out in public places like parks). By remaining vigilant and asking questions, you can help protect your dog from an accidental poisoning from marijuana.


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accidental poisonings with your pets?

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