In 2019, National Poison Prevention Week is March 17 – 23. This week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people and animals of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
John F. Kennedy
“On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution (Public Law 87-319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week. The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962. The 2018 National Poison Prevention Week Presidential Proclamation is available here.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers “AAPCC” and the nation’s 55 poison control centers invite you to celebrate National Poison Prevention week in your community by promoting poison prevention tips and the free emergency services provide by poison control centers (the Poison Help hotline),” according to American Association of Poison Control Centers “AAPCC”.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “ASPCA”
There is a wealth of information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “ASPCA” Poison Control experts which provide valuable information to help pet owners to recognize and protect their pets from poisonous substances including plants, human foods, human medications and more. Here is a list of up-to-date information to review:
- Poisonous Plants – a guide containing images and information about toxic and non-toxic plants.
- People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet – handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet.
- Poisonous Household Products – poison control experts set the record straight on the safety risks of a variety of household substances.
- Animal Poison Control Mobile App – a free mobile app provides a wealth of poison control knowledge in the palm of your hand.
Tips to Prevent Poisonings
- Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.
- Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up, away, and out of sight of children. Keep these substances in their original, child resistant containers.
- Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.
- Detect invisible threats.Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Please be aware of the poisonous things that are around your furry loved one and if you think something is wrong, contact us immediately at 770-498-4620.
MainStreet Veterinarians practices both conventional as well as alternative animal healthcare from our friendly office in Stone Mountain, GA. Offering mainly conventional veterinary medicine and surgery to also offering a wide array of alternative and holistic treatments to the veterinary community as well. Call us today to make an appointment with your beloved pet at 770-498-4620 or send us an email.