This past weekend we spent our Friday night at the Animal Hospital with Molly. While we were out getting some frozen yogurt (yes, even though it's November we still like going to the mix-your-own froyo place), Molly got hold of her bottle of Proin (for her incontinence) and ate almost all of what was left in the bottle. We did the math and discovered that 11 pills were unaccounted for. The normal dose is a half-tablet, twice daily. So long story short, we ended up going to the Animal Hospital, Molly was admitted overnight, treated, and went home early the next morning. She's going to be fine, but it was a VERY tense and scary night for us. Luckily, we already had the phone number on hand for our local after-hours vet and they were able to coordinate with a toxicologist from the Pet Poison Hot Line to determine Molly's treatment protocol.
If you are a pet parent and don't know where your emergency vet is, find out. If you don't have their number, get it and save it as a contact in your cell phone. Listed below are some important numbers to have on hand in case your pet eats something toxic:
Pet Poison Hot Line
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Home Again's Emergency Medical Care Hot Line
Additionally, here is a list of 101 things that can harm pets, courtesy of the ASPCA's pamphlet from the animal hospital. And if you think your dog would NEVER eat some of this stuff, recall the last time you saw him/her eating poo or rolling in something completely disgusting. I know mine do. Dogs don't always make sense. That's just part of being a dog.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ie, ibuprofen, asprin, etc)
Acetaminophen (ie, Tylenol)
Cold and flu medications
Home insect products
Rat and mouse bait
Solvents (ie, paint thinners, etc)
Flea and tick products (when improperly administered)
Slug and snail bait
Oven cleaner sprays
Bird of Paradise
Gold Dust Dracaena
Lilies (all Lilum species)
Lily of th eValley
Precatory Bean (rosary pea)
Chocolate (all forms)
Coffee (all forms)
Onions & onion powder
Gum, candies, or other foods sweetened with Xylitol
Raw yeast dough
Balls (especially balls that are small or have a smooth outer coating)
Bread twist ties
Sharp objects (ie, knives, razors, scissors, nails, needles, etc(
String, yard, or dental floss
Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer
For more information about this and other important animal topics, you can visit the ASPCA's website.
And may the peace of the Lord be always with you.