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608 West Champaign Rantoul, IL 61866
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Acre Hill (#4)

Hello Everyone!

March is National Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month!  But more importantly for the pets everyone already has, March 15 – 21 is Poison Prevention Week, so I thought I would go over some of the different things you may not know are poisonous for a pet. 

The following foods may be dangerous to your pet:

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Apple seeds 
  • Apricot pits 
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) 
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes 
  • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing) 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Moldy foods 
  • Mushroom plants 
  • Mustard seeds 
  • Onions and onion powder 
  • Peach pits 
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Raisins 
  • Rhubarb leaves 
  • Salt 
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine) 
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Walnuts 
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough

If you ever think your pet has ingested anything that may be hazardous to them it is important to either call our clinic or to call the poison control center.  The number for the ASPCA Poison Control Center is 1-888-426-4435 and their website says:

“Located at the ASPCA's Midwest Office in Urbana, IL, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is the only 24-hour, 365-day facility of its kind in the United States. Staffed by 30 licensed veterinarians—15 of whom are board certified in general and/or veterinary toxicology—the APCC provides pet owners and veterinarians with live, on-call assistance related to toxic chemicals and dangerous plants, products and substances. The Center's veterinary toxicology experts also consult on a wide array of outside projects, including legal cases, formulation issues, product liability and regulatory reporting. In 2007, the APCC handled over 136,000 cases.” (ASPCA)

March also means it is time that we have a new Pet of the Month.  Our Pet of the Month for March 2015 is Bailey Jo. Bailey Jo comes from a long family history of Boxers and one dog you’d never be able to convince isn’t a Boxer. 

To read more about Bailey Jo: https://acrehillvet.com/pet-of-the-month/pet-of-the-month1.html

To tell us why your pet should be the next Pet of the Month email us at: [email protected]

Sources:

https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/animal-poison-control-center

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

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