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National Animal Poison Prevention Week

Mar 21, 2016


Have you ever noticed how our four-legged family members are similar to little toddlers? Our pets are masters at exploring the world around them with the same level of curiosity and wonder we see in young children. Unfortunately, this also means our beloved pets are just as vulnerable to poisonous substances.  

The key to prevention is awareness. That’s why the third week of March is designated as National Animal Poison Prevention Week. If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know that The COVE sees many of furry friends come through the emergency room due to toxins they’ve ingested. Therefore, it’s very important to us to do our part in spreading the word and educate pet owners on how to keep your pet safe.

In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you pet-proof your home. Bookmark this article to your browser for quick access, and don’t forget to share with fellow pet parents!

Pet Poison Helpline
(855) 764-7661

The Pet Poison Helpline has a comprehensive list of poisonous substances on their website. You can filter results based on plants, garden items, metals, foods, medications, etc. You can view their poison list here.

Pet Poison Helpline also provides helpful tips on how to poison proof your home. You can see their tips here

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)
(888) 426-4435

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center provides pet owners with articles and monthly podcasts. Below are APCC’s lists of toxins.  

Both Pet Poison Helpline and APCC are available 24 hours a day to assist pet owners, but require a small consultation fee per incident.

Want to learn more? ASPCA Animal Poison Control is holding a live Twitter Chat on Thursday, March 24!

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, APCC is hosting a live Twitter chat with Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) on Thursday, March 24 from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. ET. Follow @ASPCA as Dr. Wismer answers all of your questions about protecting pets from harmful substances. 


In case of a pet poison emergency, please do not hesitate to call us at (757) 935-9111. The COVE is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with a veterinarian always on the premises. No appointment is necessary. Please call when you are on the way so that we can prepare for your arrival and be notified if you need assistance bringing your pet inside.  

Category: Pet Health Tips