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Halloween: Scary for Kids, Even Scarier for Pets

Posted: October 26th, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Halloween is a real treat for humans, but not so much for our pets. Did you know that chocolate is toxic to all mammals, but only dogs will eat a potentially fatal amount? The darker the chocolate, the worse it is for a dog, since milk chocolate and white chocolate are diluted with other ingredients. Read more »


Hot Dog!! – Summer Pet Care

Posted: July 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Although the Illinois Poison Center handles calls about human-related exposures only, we know many of our readers still need poison prevention tips for their furry, four-  legged friends. Did you know there was an animal poison control center located right here in Illinois?  Well this week the ASPCA Animal Poison Control offers some great tips to keep pets safe in summer heat.

Hot town, summer in the city

I’m sure the Lovin’ Spoonful wasn’t thinking of our pets when they sang this song, but our pets can certainly get into trouble during the hot summer months.

Summer heat:

Make sure your pets have shade and plenty of fresh water if they are put outside.   Read more »


Poison Prevention for Man’s Best Friend

Posted: April 12th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Although the Illinois Poison Center handles calls about human-related exposures only, we know many of our readers still need poison prevention tips for their furry, four-  legged friends. Did you know there was an animal poison control center located right here in Illinois?  Well this week the ASPCA Animal Poison Control offers some great tips to keep pets safe from potentially harmful-substances.

Most of us have heard the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Nowhere is this more true than in veterinary medicine.  Dogs and cats are very mobile and it isn’t difficult for them to find things to get into.  Puppies and kittens explore the environment with their mouths, while bigger dogs and cats may have no problem reaching the countertops. This makes them very prone to accidental poisonings if the proper precautions are not taken. Read more »