ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center – 35 Years and Going Strong!

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 1:00pm
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Staff

If you’ve ever called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), you know it’s a critical resource for pet parents whose animals may have gotten into something toxic. But when it took its first call 35 years ago today, APCC was a tiny University of Illinois service based in a chicken coop.

APCC has come a long way since then. The first poison control center focused solely on animals, the center (called the Toxicology Information service until 1990, when it became the National Animal Poison Control Center) quickly established itself as a pioneer, creating the first toll-free pet poison hotline and developing a life-saving database that helps identify pet poisons. That database is the reason we now know Easter lilies, grapes and raisins, and Xylitol can harm our pets.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

The center officially became the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in 2000, and in 2006, it handled its one-millionth case. This year, APCC will take on 273,000 calls—that’s 500-plus cases per day.

With the resources and expertise to handle every type of poison crisis, APCC remains the leader in providing life-saving information to pet parents in need.

If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. You can also connect with APCC on Facebook and Twitter.

Be sure to Tweet APCC a happy birthday wish using #APCC35!

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Lynn Mayhew

My nephews dachshund got ahold of a skunk and now her red blood cells are very low and they think she has Heinz toxic something or other... They say there's only a couple of cases reported. We live in bedford texas and they have taken her to a clinic in game close by town, do you have anything on skunk toxemia that could help her.. They are givein her iron shots and fluids... Please help.. My name is Lynn [email protected] today is march 18. 2014


Is there any waiver of fee form available for a low-income individual who uses the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in an emergency and can not afford the $65.00 consultation fee? Any assistance would be much appreciated.


why can't I find a place to enter something like neomycin on the search page for animal poison control and not get back a generic message about neomycin when I want it to start with and at least contain something about POISON yes no...

Nystatin is not found in the search so does that mean you have never heard of it or it is not poisonous?