Thousands of pet parents called our 24-hour poison control hotline last year. Read on to learn more about common household items that resulted in frequent calls to APCC, and find out why they’re so dangerous to our furry friends.
1. Prescription Human Medications
We handled 24,673 cases regarding human prescription medications—the top offender for the sixth year in a row—in 2013. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. Many instances of exposure occurred when pet parents dropped their medication when preparing to take it, and before they knew it, Fido had gobbled the pill off the floor.
Insecticides are used in the yard, home and on our animals, and nearly 16% of all calls to our poison hotline in 2013 were related to insecticides. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard.
3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications
Over-the-counter human products, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements, accounted for nearly 15% of calls to APCC in 2013. Many of these products are tasty to pets, and some can be life threatening if ingested.
4. Household Products
Our poison hotline fielded nearly 17,000 calls about general household products in 2013. Household toxins range from fire logs to cleaning products.
5. People Food
Human foods are often appealing to pets, especially dogs. In 2013, people foods clocked in as the fifth most common pet poison. Pets can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins and the sugar substitute xylitol, among other common food items.
It’s graduation day at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center! Two wonderful Chihuahuas have completed our treatment program for fearful, under-socialized dogs and are now ready to be adopted into loving homes.
If you’re ready for today’s most adorable sandwich, meet Peanut Butter and Jelly:
Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter (pictured right) was one of 200 animals rescued from a hoarding situation in Howell, New Jersey. At the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center, the four-year-old Chihuahua received intensive treatment for symptoms of fear and defensiveness. Though he is occasionally nervous about being handled by strangers, he enjoys being pet by familiar friends. Peanut Butter has come a long way in his recovery, and he cannot wait to settle in to a warm, loving home.
Jelly: Sweet little Jelly (pictured below) was rescued from the same hoarding situation as Peanut Butter. After several weeks of treatment with our staff at the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center, this four-year-old Chihuahua has learned to enjoy meeting new people and showing off her striking chocolate coat and tan face. Though she is shy, she has blossomed into a loving companion who is eager to start a new life in her first real “forever home.”
Both Peanut Butter and Jelly are ready for a new life. They are currently under care of the Animal Alliance foster network in New Jersey, and would do best in homes with experienced adult adopters. If you’re interested in meeting PB or J, please contact Animal Alliance by email at AnimalAlliance@comcast.net or by phone: (609) 818-1952.
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California residents will soon be able to enjoy a trend that's already popular in Japan—cat cafes! Two of these cute cafes, where people can savor their coffee while watching playful kittens, are set to open in Oakland and San Francisco by the end of the year.
The new cat cafes will not only add an extra shot of adorable to one’s afternoon coffee break, but also help more felines find their forever homes by bringing confident shelter cats out into the public eye. Don’t worry about receiving a side of hairballs with your latte; food preparation and the kitten play area will be kept completely separate.
There are numerous health benefits of pet ownership, so a little kitten pick-me-up is the perfect complement to an afternoon coffee break. The increased exposure these shelter cats receive will help them and other homeless felines find homes.
Helping pets at our Manhattan Adoption Center find loving homes takes time—and a little bit of luck. That’s why we’d love for you to help us spread the word about four cute pets who have spent quite a while waiting to find their forever homes: Teresa, Schwinn, Ghost and Romeo!
By sharing one of our fun St. Patrick’s Day-themed photos on your social networks, you’ll help these dogs and cats move one step closer to finding their pot of gold—a family to call their very own!
The ASPCA is on the ground in Lansing lending our voice to the campaign to Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected. Yesterday, Vicki Deisner, State Director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Midwest Region, helped deliver nearly 230,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to place a measure on November’s ballot that will restore the right of citizens to have a say in wildlife decisions.
In spite of strong public opposition, in 2013 the Michigan Legislature passed a law allowing the gray wolf to be hunted for the first time in nearly 50 years. When faced with the threat of repeal via ballot measure (popular vote by citizens on Election Day), the Legislature quickly passed another law to take away voters’ right to have a say in the wildlife management matters, giving all decision-making power to a panel of political appointees whose decisions cannot be challenged by citizens.
Take Action Please join us in defense of Michigan’s wolves—visit Keep Michigan’s Wolves Protected to spread the word about the threat to wolves and to the democratic process, which has been upended by Michigan’s government.