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Human drugs top ASPCA list of toxic substances affecting pets

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PET POISONS - Human medications top the list of toxins most commonly swallowed by pets, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (www.aspca.org) reported today.

According to a new report released by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, a majority of these cases involved cardiac medications used often to control heart rate and blood pressure. Ranking second were serotonin and neurotransmitter medications, while pain medications were third.

“Keep all medications out of reach and take your pills behind a closed door away from your pets,” said Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the poison center. “If you drop your medication, your dog can scoop it up quicker than you can say ‘poison’.”

Other often-made calls to the center in 2013 were for insecticides, over-the- counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, houshold items such as cleaning products, human food such as grapes and xylitol, veterinary medications (chewable tablets are tasty), chocolate, rodenticides, plants and lawn and garden products.

More information:(www.aspca.org/apcc)

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CAT CARE SOCIETY - California Pizza Kitchen locations in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs will raise funds for the Cat Care Society (www.catcaresociety.org) all day Wednesday, March 19. Twenty percent of proceeds -- including dine-in, take-out, catering and all beverages -- go to the Cat Care Society. Present this flier: (www.catcaresociety.org/docs/CPK%20-%20CatCareSocietyFundFlyer.pdf)

Also, a seminar will be held Sunday at the society's Lakewood shelter titled "Joy of Clicker Training." It will be presented from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. by Billie Reynolds, cat behavior specialist and certified trainer. Cost is $5 (free for society platinum members). RSVP at frontdesk@catcaresociety.org or via phone at 303.239.9680.

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