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California Poison Control System Holiday Pet Poisoning Prevention Tips

Important Reminders!

During the busy holiday season, we often forget about our pets. Dogs are especially prone to poisoning as they can and often DO eat almost anything. Avoid potential pet dangers with some preventive measures this holiday season.

Don't allow your dog to eat chocolate. Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which acts very much like caffeine. Too much theobromine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, restlessness, excitement, tremors, seizures, and even coma.

Don't feed your pets alcohol or illicit drugs. It is dangerous. Many pets have had to be treated at an emergency vet clinic because of the foolishness of their owners.

•Have the phone number of your veterinarian and the emergency vet number posted. Keep the poison center number handy 800-222-1222. If you suspect a pet poisoning, do not wait to call. Prompt attention may make a crucial difference in your pet's health.

To make your dog vomit at home (under the direction of a health professional), use 3% household hydrogen peroxide. Have a bottle on hand, and always call California Poison Control before using it.

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