APCC to the Rescue! Poison Control Center Advises Dog Parent in Emergency

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:45am
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During the holiday season, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) experiences increased call traffic as pets are exposed to potentially poisonous home décor and holiday snacks. APCC is a call center that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, to provide guidance to pet parents in poison-related emergencies.

Susan, a recent APCC caller, reached out to thank us for helping her through a scary situation with her dog. Polo, a five-year-old Sheltie mix, suffers from separation anxiety. Susan called us immediately after accidentally giving Polo an allergy medication instead of her intended separation anxiety pill. Elizabeth, an APCC technician, and Dr. Monica Overman, an APCC veterinarian, consulted on the case. Thankfully, this particular mix-up was not life-threatening. The APCC team provided Susan with a list of things to monitor and how to treat them should they occur.

"I was so grateful to the ASPCA for having a poison control hotline that I could call,” Susan says. “Elizabeth was very calming and really put my mind at ease that evening."

We’re happy to report that Polo is doing well at home!

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