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101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

101 Things
You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

Human Medication

Our list of 101 things starts with human medication, since prescription medication has been #1 on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's list of top pet toxins of the year for the past four years! The Animal Poison Control Center received almost 25,000 emergency calls about incidents involving prescription medications.

Human medication can be very harmful to your pet and cause symptoms ranging from nausea and vomiting to seizures and cardiac arrest. For your pet's safety, store medications in a secure place. Don't leave them on low nightstands or counters where your pet can snatch them up or knock them down and ingest them. Pets, especially dogs, can also find stray pills on the floor, so be sure to pick up any dropped medications right away.

  • 1. Ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen
  • 2. Acetaminophen
  • 3. Cold and flu meds
  • 4. Antidepressants
  • 5. Vitamins
  • 6. Diet pills
  • 7. Anti-cancer drugs

In addition to the medications listed above, heart medications, opioids (like codeine and hydrocodone) and ADHD drugs can pose a significant danger to your pet. Take special care with all of these medications.

Toxic Substances

Real Story+

“When my dog Hank grabbed and ate medication off a counter in the middle of the night, I called the Animal Poison Control Center and rushed him to the hospital where they took fantastic care of him.

My ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan paid my claims with no haggling, no disputes, and no questions. It's so worth having this insurance!”

— Nell M., Columbus, OH

Did You Know?

US pet parents spent $13.4 billion on veterinary care in 2011!* Get help managing these costs with pet insurance plans you can customize to fit your budget. Learn more.

*American Pet Products Association, 2012

*Sources: ASPCA.org and internal claims data. For details or a copy, contact jennifer.s@hartvillegroup.com.

+Customer stories are examples of recent claim payouts. Reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.

This is not a complete description of all coverage terms, conditions, and limitations; see your plan for a full description. Issuance of coverage is subject to underwriting. Discounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Specific products, features, and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states. Rates and coverage subject to change.

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