Back

Get started

Customized By You

Design your pet’s plan in less than 60 seconds.

Protect pets from common household toxins

Q: My friend’s cat died after she licked a small amount of Children’s Tylenol liquid that had spilled from the bottle after the lid was left loose. I was shocked. Are there other medications that are toxic to cats?

A: Yes, and more than you’d think, because cats have an unusual metabolism. Tragically, accidental poisoning of pets is all too common.

In 2017, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reported that 35 percent of pet poisonings resulted from accidental exposure to human prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Each category accounted for half the reports.

To protect pets and children, tighten lids and store all medications in their original childproof containers in a closed cabinet where inquisitive fur kids and youngsters can’t find them.

After medications, the next most common cause of pet poisonings was human food with 19.7 percent of toxicities involving chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, alcohol, raw yeast dough, the artificial sweetener xylitol and other human foods pets shouldn’t eat.

A surprisingly high 8.9 percent of poisonings were due to veterinary drug overdoses. Since many are flavored, it’s important to keep them secured where pets can’t reach them.

Rounding out the list of pet toxins were household items, like paint, glue, laundry detergent pods and cleaning products (8.6 percent of poisonings); insecticides, such as bug sprays and ant baits (6.7 percent); rodenticides (6.3 percent); plants such as lilies (5.4 percent); and garden products, like fertilizer and compost (2.6 percent).


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com.

Q: My friend’s cat and...

Q: I adopted my...

Q: Sassy, my 8-year-...

More From Figo Blog
Pet Professionals: Interview With Kristen Levine Pet Blogger | Figo Pet Insurance

We recently had the opportunity to interview...

Sometimes, we think of cats as needing less...

Dogs have dreams too—they love to travel and...

When one of our beloved pets becomes ill or...

Swimming is a phenomenal way to exercise and...

Scarf’d: Go Bananas! Pet Ice Cream Sandwiches | Figo Pet Insurance

Ice cream is our legit favorite summer treat...

Black and white kitty scratching post with claws

Q: I live in New York, where...

Q: Marijuana is legal in my...

HELP