Common Ways Your Pet Can Be Poisoned

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 5,131
Rodenticide (chemicals used to kill rodents) 4,028
Methylxanthine (stimulants like caffeine) 3,661
Plant poisoning 2,808
Household chemicals 1,669
Metaldehyde (pesticide used to kill slugs and snails) 369
Insecticide/organophosphate 323
Heavy metal toxicity 288
Toad poisoning 270
Antifreeze 213
Walnuts 100
Alcohol 75
Strychnine 28

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