Call us today!

      (833) 352-8387

      Poison Prevention

      Poison Prevention

      Poison Prevention

      March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month! Quickly recognizing, diagnosing, and treating toxic exposures in dogs and cats is an essential part of clinic operations. MVS Pet Care House Calls is here to help with your pets health concerns, but the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency. The APCCC is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. Be on the watch for these St. Patrick's Day and Easter Toxins.

      St. Patrick's Day Toxins
      • Alcohol: Many dogs, and even some cats will happily lick up beer, green or not! St. Patty’s day parties are a very common time for pets to get into unattended drinks. Consumption can cause: ethanol intoxication can cause ataxia, depression, recumbency, hypothermia, disorientation, vocalization, acidosis, tachycardia, dyspnea, aspiration pneumonia, tremors, coma and seizures.
      • Shamrocks: The name “shamrock” can refer to several different plants. Typically the plant in question around St. Patrick’s Day is an Oxalis acetosella. The toxic principle of Oxalis is oxalates. The majority of the oxalates are insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, which act locally to irritate the mucous membranes. The insoluble crystals can cause oral pain, hypersalivation, vomiting, diarrhea and/or swelling in the oral cavity, pharynx and tongue.

      Easter Toxins
      • Chocolate:Easter is typically the top day for chocolate intoxication calls because pets find Easter candy hidden around the house or the yard, or get into unattended Easter baskets.
      • Lilies:True lilies or daylilies are a concern for acute kidney failure in cats.
      • Easter Grass: The plastic grass that is found in Easter baskets is appealing to pets but can cause a life-threatening gastrointestinal obstruction that may require surgery to resolve.
      • Table Food: Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, and raisins are common toxic foods that pets ingest. Other non-toxic food may cause upset stomach that could lead to pancreatitis.
      • Herbicides: Many people begin spring yard work on Easter weekend. Make sure herbicides are kept where pets can't chew or puncture the bottle and that application is dry before letting the pets outside.

       

      Click here for more information and helpful hints for poison control visit.

       

      General Availability

      Monday

      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Tuesday

      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Wednesday

      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Thursday

      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Friday

      9:00 am - 5:00 pm

      Saturday

      On Call: 9am to 1pm

      Sunday

      Closed

      Monday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Tuesday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Wednesday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Thursday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Friday
      9:00 am - 5:00 pm
      Saturday
      On Call: 9am to 1pm
      Sunday
      Closed

      * Saturdays from 9am to 1pm - Our administrative staff at MVS Pet Care Florida are here on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm to take your calls and help schedule you for the upcoming week. Saturdays are a great time to work with our staff to schedule your visits in advance.

      Contact Us