Plants are beautiful—but not always safe for your pet!
Spring has arrived, and people are planting with a fury. Before planting anything, make sure it is safe for any pet that may be exposed to it. Please look at the list below before taking any of these plants into your home or planting them outside.
cherry (seeds and leaves)
marijuana (illegal anyway)
peach (pits and leaves)
The National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) is a nonprofit, cost-recovery program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. If you suspect your pet has eaten the wrong thing, you should call your veterinarian or call the NAPCC right away. This is not a free call. Below is a list of phone charges with the numbers. When calling, be ready to provide the following information:
- YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
- THE SUBSTANCE(S) YOUR PET HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO, IF KNOWN
- INFORMATION CONCERNING THE EXPOSURE (THE AMOUNT, TIME SINCE, ETC.)
- THE SPECIES, BREED, WEIGHT, AGE, SEX, AND NUMBER OF PETS INVOLVED
- THE PROBLEM(S) YOUR PET IS EXPERIENCING
Poison Control telephone numbers:
1-800-548-2423 ($30.00 PER CASE, CREDIT CARD ONLY; FREE FOLLOW-UP CALLS UNTIL PROBLEM IS RESOLVED.)
1-900-680-0000 ($20.00 FOR 5 MINUTES; $2.95 PER MINUTE THEREAFTER.)