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Many household items can be dangerous to dogs and cats -- everything from antifreeze, insecticides, and aspirin to raisins and sugar-free gum. But don't panic. Many of these have antidotes. Call the Animal Poison Control hotline at 888-426-4435 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 immediately. They can probably help you even before you get to the vet. (There is a fee for the advice.)

From: First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 2/25/2018

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American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

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