Edinburgh Pet Health Center

Pet Poison Control

There are many dangerous household, environmental and chemical substances, and several foods and drugs that are harmful to pets. Toxic plants, such as lilies, are known to cause kidney failure in cats. Food items such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, macadamia nuts and avocados can cause illness in pets without owners being aware of their toxic effects. Drugs such as acetominophen (Tylenol) can kill cats, and Advil can cause kidney disease and failure in dogs. Antifreeze is well-known as a kidney toxin and must be kept away from pets. Trying to remember all of the toxins can be difficult. Check out the top 10 Poisons of 2009 on the ASPCA website.

The ASPCA maintains a Pet Poison Control hotline which can help you in the event your pet consumes something you suspect may be a problem. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 1-888-426-4435. There is a fee for this consultation.