The Top Ten Toxins of 2013

My tail is between my legs. I am a week late with this blog post. It was meant to time out in conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week which happens to have just ended! Here is some belated, but hopefully interesting and useful information gleaned from the call logs of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Here is their list of the top ten pet toxins in 2013. They are ranked below based on call volume. 1. Prescription human medications:… Read More

Pet Poisons

The telephone call I hope you never have to make is to a pet poison control center. If the situation does arise, however, I hope you will have the appropriate contact information close at hand. Two poison control organizations that I strongly recommend, and which are available to you 24/7 are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control CenterĀ  (1-888-426-4435) and the Pet Poison HelplineĀ  (1-800-213-6680). If uncertain if your pet has ingested or been exposed to something that is toxic, call… Read More

A Heads Up About Novartis Products

Boy, oh boy, am I glad I am not the CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals right now. On January 9th of this year the company issued a voluntary recall of some of their over-the-counter human products including Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X Prevention Products, and Bufferin. It seems that these medications contained stray tablets, capsules, or caplets from other Novartis drugs including prescription painkillers manufactured at the same facility. Now veterinarians are involved in the ruckus with the announcement that the following drugs… Read More