Posts Tagged ‘pet poison’

You may be aware that Xylitol is a sugar alcohol ingredient of gum and candy that is harmful to pets.

But did you know that Xylitol is also found in medicines, dental products, and homemade desserts?

Check this partial list of Xylitol sources, then go here for a more complete list.

  • chewing gum
  • breath mints
  • mouthwash
  • toothpaste
  • sugar substitute used in baking bread, muffins, cupcakes
  • over-the-counter medications
  • dietary supplements and vitamins
  • nasal spray
  • prescription drugs, including sleep aids, sedatives, antacids, smoking-cessation gums, stool softeners
  • prepared foods such as Jell-O sugar-free pudding snacks, Zipfizz energy drink-mix powders, Nature’s Hollow products

So what’s the big deal?
Xylitol causes hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in pets.

Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood. In severe cases, hypoglycemia leads to convulsions and coma.

Hepatic necrosis — in which the cells of the liver die off — leads to liver failure, if not caught in time.

We consider Xylitol ingestion to be an emergency. If you suspect your pet has eaten a product containing Xylitol, contact your nearest veterinary emergency hospital or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.

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Q:  What happens when you combine your pet’s thyroid pills with your blood pressure medication?

A:  You don’t want to find out.

And you don’t have to. For safety’s sake, always use a separate pill splitter for your pet’s medication. If you share, some pill dust may remain behind on the splitter, inadvertently exposing you to your pet’s drugs or exposing your pet to your medication.

Though the risk of cross-contamination may be small, it’s not a risk worth taking.

We recommend our combo pill splitter/crusher to better enable you to conceal medication in your pet’s food. As a bonus, it is unlikely to look like the device you use for your own meds, so there’s no confusing the two.

The brand we carry has a splitter

a crusher 

and compartments for holding small quantities of pills.

Take it apart for easy cleaning 

then snap it back together for easy storage. 

Pick one up on your next visit to our clinic!

Pet poisoning from human drug ingestion is a common occurrence. 
Keep these numbers on hand in the event of a poisoning emergency:

Pet Poison Helpline……………………………………1-800-213-6680

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center……….1-888-426-4435

BluePearl Veterinary Emergency Hospital….757-499-5463

Quick links to past articles on pets and medication.

Tylenol toxicity

Top Toxic Human Medications



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     VPI Pet Insurance has compiled a list of the Top Ten toxic items for cats, as reported by Pet Poison HelpLine.  (Look for the Top Ten list for dogs, tomorrow.)

  1. Lilies
  2. Canine permethrin insecticides (flea & tick treatments)
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Mouse and rat poison
  5. Paint and varnish
  6. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  7. Glow sticks, glow jewelry
  8. Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  9. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, generics)
  10. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, generics)

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