(CATS AND DOGS/PET CARE) This week, during National Poison Prevention Week, learn how you can protect your pet from the toxic dangers and poisoning. Many common household items, such as Advil and chewing gum, could pose a serious threat to your pet.

Pet insurance company Trupanion has compiled a list of the most common poison and toxicity claims by pet parents. Some toxins, like chocolate, are more obvious among pet guardians, but others may come as a surprise.

Read below for a list of the top 10 most common poisonous items for your pet. — Global Animal

Only about 1% of all pets in North America are insured. Photo Credit: Modern Dog Magazine
Only one percent of all pets in North America are insured. Photo Credit: Modern Dog Magazine

10 Most Common Poison and Toxicity Claims

1.  Chocolate

2.  Rat Poison

Even the roots of the lily plant are toxic to cats. Photo credit: INLANDER
Even the roots of the lily plant are toxic to cats. Photo credit: INLANDER

3.  Common household drugs (like NSAID’s, Advil, and Acetaminophen)

4.  Xylitol (commonly found in chewing gum)

5.  Grapes and Raisins

6.  Mushrooms

7.  Plants (like lily or sago palm)

8.  Marijuana

9.  Onions and Garlic

10.  Antifreeze

Some substances are far more toxic or tempting for cats than dogs, and vice-versa. For example, of the $1.3 million paid out, over 10% went toward chocolate toxicity claims specifically, and 99% of those claims came from dogs. On the other hand, lilies are incredibly toxic to cats and can lead to kidney failure if your cat simply licks a lily bulb. Of all the claims, lily toxicity came out as one of the most expensive, with an average claim cost of $1,000.

“The best option is to keep these toxins out of your pet’s reach. If you think your pet has been exposed to any of these toxins, it is important to stay calm and act quickly. Keep your veterinarian’s contact information and a pet first aid kit readily accessible in case of an incident,” says Kerri Marshall, DVM.

For more tips and information on pet poison prevention, visit Trupanion’s Guide to Poison Prevention.

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