Has your cat ever nibbled on your Easter lilies or Christmas poinsettias? Has your dog every stolen a piece of your chocolate cake or lapped up water from a swimming pool? Has your pet ever chewed through the packaging of a human medication and ingested the contents? Our homes contain many dangers to our four-footed friends and they depend on us to keep them safe.
March 17-23 marks the 51st anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW). NPPW is the third week in March each year.
NPPW was first established by Congress in September 1961 and is one of the longest continuously running, health and safety campaigns in the United States. The goal of this special week of emphasis is to create a nationwide awareness about the risk of injury or death due to poisoning.
Pet parents can use this special week of emphasis on poison control as an opportunity to assess the items in your home and garden environment that may be hazardous to your pets.
Each year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois handles more than 180,000 calls about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances. The APCC’s hotline (1-888-426-4435) is available to handle both emergency and non-emergency inquiries and is dedicated to helping animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances by providing 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment recommendations.
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