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Your pet or person poisoned? Call poison control - we checked them out and provide the best phone number for free, fast help for poisoning!


July 2019 update

Nel Liquorman, Investigative Reporter


Unscrambling internet returns wastes valuable time if you need fast help for a perceived poisoning. Keep this number in your cell phone or land line.


The National Poison Control Center {Ref #1} 1-800-222-1222 is a free service that will connect you to someone in your state. NPCC picks up quickly and may provide quick, basic information for animal poisoning, 24-7. Their website is also well organized.  See other sites below that may help with pet poisonings.


The Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) {Ref #2} is not the animal equivalent of the National Poison Control Center (NPCC), the Am. Assoc. Of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC){Ref #3}, or the CDC for the human population. (see links below) The APCC Animal Poison Control Center numer; (888) 426-4435 is an association of centers and when we called, we were provided very little help or poison information.


The CDC {Ref #4}, a government agency with facilities around the country, has doctors, scientists, researchers and laboratory personnel. Experts can prove their findings, locate the poisons, and help to prevent disease from spreading but it is for people not pets.


The ASPCA Animal Poison Control ($65 fee or more) appears to be little more than a phone line with a veterinarian on call.  The message when you call is "we are the only poison control center that is staffed with veterinarians and toxicologists" but we didn't pay the $65 to see if that was true. We did find that on weekends it can be a frustrating waste of time, listening to music...


NEL ON RECALLED, RECYCLED, COUNTERFEIT DOG FOODsidenote: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is not your local SPCA. Although the names appear very similar, they are completely separate entities. ASPCA boasts that their lobbyists are stationed around the country helping to get animal laws passed. If they are using a war chest of donated dollars to pass PEOPLE laws, how do we define them? As a political machine perhaps? You might be surprised to learn that the ASPCA sells products, pet insurance, offers credit cards, and appears to endorse some commercial products. Yet they do not seem to be spending money on research for animal poisonings or disease.  According to one of their websites, the ASPCA operates Bergh Animal Hospital and a shelter in New York City. Their hospital is highly rated and the work of the ASPCA has gotten a lot of good press on Animal Planet.


If your vet or poison control center says it's okay to induce vomiting, "give your dog 3% hydrogen peroxide, which is available at your local pharmacy. It is the preferred vomit-inducing product for dogs. Give your dog one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of body weight."~ ref


Reference & Related Information: {1} National Poison Control Center  ~  {2} Animal Poison Control Center


{3} Am. Assoc. Of Poison Control Centers  ~  {4} CDC Centers for Disease Control  ~  Pot Poisons Dogs EST 2002 © 1001r1712r1907



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