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Pet Poison Control Hotline Will Cost you $35-$65 for the Call — 20 Comments

  1. I paid the $65 twice for Monty. Once he licked out my chili bowl and was sick the next day. I realized the onion and garlic in there could be a big problem so when he got the runs I called. They had me check his gums to see if he was anemic. They were pink. Then as I was on the phone Monty climbed to the top of the curtain on the back patio door and dropped to the ground. He repeated that feat two more times. Wish he’d have done that before I called. Now I put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher right away or tip them upside down in the sink. He’s such a little scavenger, and I don’t think that will ever change. The other time I paid $65 he had found a match under the fridge, pushed it out with his paw and then played with it, putting the match head in his mouth in the process. They had me give him milk, but they didn’t think he could have ingested enough to really hurt him. I never thought twice about paying the $65, because my peace of mind in knowing he’d be ok was priceless.
    I had to call poison control for myself recently. Since my FQ antibiotic poisoning I’m suddenly sensitive to supplements and foods I never was sensitive to before. I was surprised though that I didn’t have to pay to talk to someone for myself. I expected there to be a fee. It really sucks that there is a fee for pet poisonings, because that means some people won’t call.

    • The adventures of Monty! The one I remember is when he ate a bumblebee! It cause an allergic reaction as I recall. That was a huge fright. You are a good caretaker, in fact you are an excellent caretaker because you leap into action at even the slightest possibility of a problem.

      • Monty found the first bee of spring today– A wasp over by the garage. It’s so cold out that it wasn’t very active yet– easy to smush. But now Monty can only have unsupervised outside time in the early morning or late evening, preferably after I walk around looking for any sleepy bees on the ground. Except for if we get another bitter cold snap I will have to closely supervise his outside activities. He isn’t too happy to have been brought in after I found him eyeing that bee. At least I grabbed him before he pawed it or tried to eat it. My friend Wendy said Monty is smart because he enjoys classical music. He’s not as smart as he looks when it comes to bees.

    • Ruth, I have nothing but respect for you. You are the kind of parent that all kids should have, especially kids with fur. 🙂 You are responsible and I love people like you.

      The hotline fees do suck for some people…they won’t call because they can’t afford to call. Very sad. 🙁

    • A lot of people swear by the use of peroxide-hydrogen peroxide-in curing lots of problems or fixing lots of issues. I’ve never used it myself. It is a kind of bleach as far as I know and was used at one time to bleach hair. It probably has medicinal benefits if used sparingly. It may act as a kind of anti-sceptic topical lotion. I don’t know-just guessing.

      • It’s not really bleach but it does turn stuff white. 🙂 It’s great for so many different things. It can also be used in ears a few drops is all for ear mites or just cleaning. It can be used in peoples ears as well and it’s in toothpaste for people as well for whitening. It’s a great product going back many generations. And its really inexpensive, I pay $1.00 for a 16 oz bottle.

        • I remember a person built a website about hydrogen peroxide! I thought that was a bit ambitious. It’s one of those wonder products that does everything. One day they’ll probably find out that it does some harm as well 😉

    • You can get peroxide at any store. Well I guess that depends on where you live. I always assumed that peroxide was everywhere.
      Here in the USA it’s usually right next to the rubbing alcohol at the store. 🙂

  2. A massive work of art and passion! 😉 This is a nice comprehensive page on the things that poison cats and how you deal with it, written with the passion, which probably motivated you to write it in the first place.

    I also believe that there are lots of little things in and around the home which can surreptitiously impact a cat’s health. This is because manufacturers put chemicals in objects that we buy. We do not know what those chemicals are and we do not know how they affect the domestic cat who is particularly vulnerable because they rely on things, rub up against things and then groom themselves fastidiously and ingest what is on their fur.

    It appears, though, that manufacturers do not really think about the domestic cat or dog when they had chemicals to some of their products such as carpets or sofas.

    Very few people are aware of these potential problems. Your page will certainly heighten awareness and the more people we can make aware the more cats will be saved from being poisoned or becoming allergic to something etc..

    Thank you for letting me publish your article on this website.

    • The motivation for this article was actually about a dog who was poisoned by his owner unintentionally through the use of rat poison to get rid of rats but then the dog got the rat who ate the poison resulting in the rat and the dog’s death. I knew this dog and their owner. After he realized what happened he rushed the dog to the vet but it was too late.
      This got me thinking about Pet Poison hotlines and when I checked them out that’s when I found out about the fee.
      I think that most people who have animals would gladly pay any fee to help their friend in need but what about those people who do not have the money to pay a fee?
      For me, in a perfect world, we would treat first and pay later.
      Here in the USA, for people, this is the reality, your life will be saved first and then they will collect the money. I just wish animals had that same right. I know, wishful thinking.
      I have been fortunate to have found a vet who concentrates on my animals health care more than the money. I always pay for their care of course but in the event that I could not at that very moment, I know my babies lives would be saved.
      I could go on forever on this subject, it’s a hot point for me. But I will stop.
      Michael, thank you for publishing this article, it means a great deal to me.

  3. hate to say it but thats about normal or even when u ring any 0900 number esp over here. Even to go to afterhours vet or dr is very expensve. but thats why thse guidelines are very helpful wonderful article:)

    • Thanks for reporting on what it is like in New Zealand. I have to confess that I do not know what would happen here except that I would immediately take my cat to my veterinarian as an emergency and get her to deal with it and of course pay the price. I am not sure whether we have an animal poison control hotline here as I have never had the need to research that or use it.

      • yea thats what id do too take my pets to vet anytime anything majar like that happens. Yea i just thought keep u in loop whats happening here.

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