According to the VPI Pet Insurance company, poisonings cost dog and cat owner policy holders almost $7 million over a four-year period between 2005 and 2009.
The number one cause of poisoning was accidental ingestion of medications, human and pet. The average cost to treat this type of poisoning during the four-year period was nearly $800.
The most expensive type of poisoning was from heavy metals and cost pet owners almost $1,000 per visit to the veterinarian.
|Type of Poison
||Number of Claims
2005 - 2009
|Drug reactions/accidental ingestion
|Rodenticide (chemicals used to kill rodents)
|Methylxanthine (stimulants like caffeine)
|Metaldehyde (pesticide used to kill slugs and snails)
|Heavy metal toxicity