Common Household Toxins
Pets are wonderful additions that enrich our lives on a number of levels. They also can be quite curious and get into things around the house that may not be so good for them. The following is a short list of common household and yard substances to keep out of your pet’s reach so they stay out of the vet’s office.
- Rodenticide/Rat bait ingestion
- Human Pain Medications: Aleve, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin
- Lily Plants , Oleander, Saggo Palms
- Toxic table food: Garlic, Onions, Grapes, Raisins, Chocolate, Chewing Gum, caffeine or other supplements/vitamins containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol
- Slug bait
- Less common but still important: Marijuana or other recreational drugs
- Human Prescription Drugs
Should an accidental or intentional ingestion occur, time is of the essence. Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible and try to provide the following information if available:
- Age, size (pounds), and species of the pet
- Type of toxin ingestion that may have occurred, time of potential exposure, and amount that may have been ingested.
- Symptoms your pet may be experiencing: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, neurologic problems, blood in stool or vomit, etc...
If coming to the clinic, always bring the container or product label with you if accessible.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is another very useful resource to help with toxin exposure in animals. Consultations are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. They can be reached at (888) 426-4435. Please note there is a $65 one-time fee to use this service which your veterinarian will also have access to regarding management recommendations from the specialists for your pets particular case.
Traveling with your Pets:
Planning a vacation or move out of the state and bringing your pets with you? Moving your pets to Hawaii for the first time? There are United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements that must be met prior to travel in almost all cases. For pets planning on leaving and returning to the state or entering Hawaii for the first time, certain vaccinations and blood tests must be done as long as 6 months prior travel to avoid quarantine restrictions. Please plan ahead for these requirements and contact the USDA as well as our office for more information on your specific situation. Requirements for interstate or international health certificates, vaccines, blood tests, or specific international bloodwork will vary based on patient age, point of origin, destination, length of time away from Hawaii, if plans exist to return to Hawaii, and prior vaccine/travel history. Please have as much of this information available if you are planning to travel with your pet prior to your appointment so you receive the most accurate information. Timing is especially important when traveling with your pet across state or country borders and strict regulations are in place for the safety of your pets, other animals, and the human population as a whole.