As part of National Poison Prevention Week, Seattle-based Trupanion, North America’s leading pet insurance provider, recently released its 10 most common poison and toxicity claims for household items the last 2 years.
While it doesn’t include claims from other pet insurers or records from veterinarian’s offices, it provides a good snapshot of toxic items around the house dogs like to scarf down when you aren’t looking.
Here’s the list:
2. Rat Poison
3. Common household drugs (like NSAID’s, Advil, and Acetaminophen)
4. Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum)
5. Grapes and Raisins
7. Plants (like lily or sago palm)
9. Onions and Garlic
Two things on the list jumped out at me. Although I think dog owners have heard ad nauseam that chocolate is toxic to dogs, it’s still the top reason they filed insurance claims with Trupanion. I wonder if the message still isn’t getting through to dog owners or if people are just carelessly leaving chocolate where their dogs can grab it.
The other thing I noticed is that marijuana is on the list. I don’t recall seeing it on previous lists of the top pet toxins, but as more and more states legalize it for medical and/or personal use, we’ll probably see marijuana on future lists more consistently.
“The best option is to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach. If you think your pet has been exposed to any of these toxins, it is important to stay calm and act quickly. Keep your veterinarian’s contact information and a pet first aid kit readily accessible in case of an incident,” says Kerri Marshall, DVM, chief veterinary officer at Trupanion.
For more tips and information on pet poison prevention, visit Trupanion’s Guide to Poison Prevention.