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March is National Pet Poison Prevention Month
LA Animal Services Reminds Pet Owners About the Dangers of Accidental Pet Poisonings and How to Prevent Them
Los Angeles, March 8, 2022 – It’s National Pet Poison Prevention Month, and a important time to remind pet owners about the potential pet poison hazards that can be found in our homes and yards, so LA Animal Services wants to share some tips to keep our furry family members safe.

There are a number of common human foods that are considered toxic if ingested by our pets, that include alcohol, caffeine, bones, chocolates, grapes, and raisins. There are also everyday household items, like health and beauty products, like sunscreen, anti-aging lotions, and anti-inflammatory medicines that can be poisonous to our four-legged friends. 

When outside, pet families also need to be mindful about the items that are used to tend yards and gardens, like lawn and garden chemicals, that can be harmful to our animal companions, so be sure to keep these supplies sealed tightly and out of reach from curious pets. 
The ASPCA has a complete list of plants, flowers, and household products that are poisonous to pets as well as people food and beverages to avoid feeding our four-legged friends. You may also download the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) mobile app, which helps pet owners to identify more than 300 potential everyday poison hazards found in our homes or yards.

Certain poisons will result in an immediate reaction from pets, while other poisons may take several days for symptoms to develop. The following are some symptoms to look for if your pet accidentally ingests poison:

  • Drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Excessive thirst or urination
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity, muscle tremors, and seizures  
If you believe your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local emergency pet clinic immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A consultation fee may apply. 
For more information on how to keep pets safe, visit
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LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and the people who love them, and is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States. With six Centers across the City, LA Animal Services serves approximately 60,000 animals annually and responds to 20,000 emergency calls involving animals or people in danger. LA Animal Services is part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) international coalition, joining 38 municipal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country to reimagine and transform the way shelters care for animals and their families, by offering access to resources to help keep families together; getting lost pets home quickly without having to enter the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong adoption and foster program so pets find their permanent homes or are placed in foster care. Visit our link.tree for helpful links to the services and resources available to you and your companion animals. Connect with LA Animal Services and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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