poisons

Bufo Toads: Poisonous to Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Think toads are harmless? Do you think it’s alright if your dog or cat decides on a frog-leg snack? If you live in a warmer part of the world you might just want to rethink your position. Especially large or colorful frogs may be hazardous to the health of your pets. In fact, toads were responsible for the 8th most common way pets were poisoned during 2007 in the United States.

Antifreeze Poisoning or Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis in Dogs and Cats

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Thinking about getting your car winterized this fall? Antifreeze is 95% ethylene glycol, (an important chemical used to prevent your car’s radiator from freezing or your windshield from icing) which is toxic to most animals although dogs, and to a lesser extent cats, appear to be primarily affected. Improper storage and handling of this chemical often leads to poisoning of pets since it has a sweet taste that may be attractive to animals. Most poisonings are accidental, but unfortunately, malicious poisonings may also occur.

Avocado Toxicosis in Birds

Filed Under: Poisoning, Birds

Next time you are cutting up fruits and vegetables for your bird, make sure you hold the avocado. Did you know avocados are toxic to birds? Ingestion of the fruit, leaves, stems and seed of the avocado tree have been associated with toxicosis in birds as well as mammals. The causative agent, persin, is found in all parts of the avocado and will cause myocardial necrosis (death of the heart muscle cells) in birds. Budgerigars fed as little as 1 gram of avocado fruit developed agitation and feather pulling.

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