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Top 10 pandemic pet poisons
If you’re at home, your pet can’t get into mischief, right? Wrong!
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, since the pandemic started there has been a huge uptick of calls about certain household pet toxins—specifically ones associated with our new stay-at-home lifestyles and hobbies.
These are the top 10 toxins with the highest increase in calls during the pandemic:
1. Yeast (+390%)
2. Bread dough (+254%)
3. Brewed coffee (+220%)
4. Wine (+171%)
5. Cocktails (+169%)
6. Art supplies (+145%)
7. Cleaning products (+120%)
8. Paint (+118%)
9. Coffee grounds (+116%)
10. Marijuana (+80%)
Has one of these pet hazards become a fixture in your home since the pandemic started? Be sure to always keep it in your view and out of reach of curious pets when in use and tucked safely away in drawers or cupboards when no longer needed. If it is destined for the trash or recycling, be sure that your bins are securely lidded.
If you are concerned that your pet may have been exposed to a toxin, call your veterinarian right away to determine what to do next. If it is after business hours, you can call the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661, incident fee applies) or reach out with 24/7 Live Chat through the myVCA app, where our licensed veterinary professionals can answer all questions related to your pet’s health and wellness. Unlimited chat is only $19.99 per month or is included free of charge for all CareClub® members.