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

I am not kidding you. Animal Poison Control Hotlines charge money just for information, a lot of money and it’s sad. Ok, now I understand it cost money to run these things but we are talking about information that people need within a short time frame that doesn’t allow for credit card transactions. I mean give me a break, this is beyond stupid, I really thought we had come further than this.

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Lilly pollen can be deadly for a cat. Photo by AvidlyAbide on Flickr
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Today I had set out to raise awareness on household dangers to pets/animals. I found some really great information out there but then at the bottom of all the info I read about these charges we need to know about, on that particular site it was $35 for the call. So I thought heck with these guys I am going to head over to the SPCA where they actually care about the animals….well…disappointed cannot even describe how I felt when I found out that they charge $65 a call on their hotline. WOW! Pissed off is a better description.

Maybe they have always charged for this service, you know, I am not even sure because I just assumed that calling a hotline for help when your animal could be poisoned, would be a free call. Silly me.

I have to say here that I am in no way a political kind of girl, maybe I was years ago but not these days. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country, I am an American girl and proud to be her BUT when I see tax payer dollars being spent by politicians riding around in private jets with personal staff members by the dozens yet something as important, TO US  as our animals safety is being over looked it pisses me off. Sorry for the language but it does. I think these politicians should put on their walking shoes or buy a bus pass because honestly I don’t care how they get to where they are going….what I do care about is picking up the phone in my animals hour of need and knowing I will get help.  Don’t ask me for money, tell me what to do to save my friend, that is the right thing to do and when it is a person we do just that.

How many of you out there consider your animal’s lives a priority? How many of you would give just about anything to keep your animal from suffering?  How about love, let’s go there, how many of you can say that you have loved or still do love your animal friend the same as you would a human friend?

If these animals are this important to us and we are the people, why are they always being shafted? Many animals are the children of many human beings across this world, there are a great number of us that treat the little furry buggers like they are people and to us they are. Putting a price tag on their lives is insulting.

Now I don’t think we should get it all for free, we don’t get things for us for free. Just make it comparable because right now it is not at all.

The Pet Care Industry has been taking us for a ride for too long now, what is wrong with society? Don’t answer that. LOL

Veterinary Care Costs are just crazy and I spend more at the store now a days on animal needs than I do people needs. People are getting rich because our babies have fur. It’s not fair. We can’t even have a free hotline from an animal organization that is suppose to be saving animals.

It’s about time to change the way things are done and only we can change it but that is another post entirely. (but trust me it will be posted) :o)

So with all of this frustration, I set out on a mission to see if I could find real people that realize that our animals health is at the top of our priority list and just because they don’t look like real little kids doesn’t mean they are not our kids. Someone who in that moment of shear panic when you discover your animal has ingested something poisonous won’t ask you for your credit card number before giving you the info that can save your furbaby.

All I wanted to do was a post on poison prevention, you know with links that go back to a site that I could feel good about linking you to…that’s all

Well, I found them and some of my faith in this world has returned but not all of it by a long shot.

The place to call if you suspect poisoning in your child OR pet (I love that) is the”Children’s Hospital Regional Poison Control Center” at (800) 222-1222. There are more I am sure…maybe. If you know of any please leave the information in the comment section so others can see it too.

And now my little Rant is over…LOL

I will now get back to what I set out to do tonight in the first place and that is offer you some info that could help you prevent the poisoning of your animals.

So if you are still with me here we go….

Know the Signs of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

If you think your dog or cat has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or call the “Poison Control Center” at (800) 222-1222. When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your dog or cat, the better the outcome. While this list is not exhaustive or complete, some common signs of poisoning generally include:

  • Gastrointestinal signs
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Drooling/hypersalivating
    • Inappetance
    • Nausea
  • Internal bleeding
    • Coughing of blood
    • Vomiting blood
    • Pale gums
    • A racing heart rate
    • Weakness or lethargy
    • Collapse
  • Kidney failure
    • Halitosis (“uremic” breath)
    • Inappetance
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Excessive thirst or urination
    • Absence or decreased urination
  • Liver failure
    • Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums
    • Weakness or collapse secondary to a low blood sugar
    • Dull mentation, acting abnormally
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Black-tarry stool (melena)

What to do if your dog or cat is poisoned?

  1. Remove your pet from the area.
  2. Check to make sure your pet is safe: breathing and acting normally.
  3. Do NOT give any home antidotes.
  4. Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a vet or Poison Control Center
  5. Call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
  6. If veterinary attention is necessary, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.

When you call the Center, be ready to provide:

  1. Your name, address and telephone number
  2. Information concerning the exposure (the amount of agent, the time since
  3. exposure, etc.). For various reasons, it is important to know exactly what poison the animal was exposed to.
  4. The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved
  5. The agent your animal(s) has been exposed to, if known
  6. The problems your animal(s) is experiencing.

Be Prepared

Your animal may become poisoned in spite of your best efforts to prevent it. Because of this, you should be prepared. Your animal companions regularly should be seen by a local veterinarian to maintain overall health. You should know the veterinarian’s procedures for emergency situations, especially ones that occur after usual business hours. You should keep the telephone numbers for the veterinarian, and a local emergency veterinary service in a convenient location.

You may benefit by keeping a pet safety kit on hand for emergencies. Such a kit should contain:

  • A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP)
  • Can of soft dog or cat food, as appropriate
  • Turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe
  • Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants
  • Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
  • Mild grease-cutting dish washing liquid in order to bathe an animal after skin contamination
  • Rubber gloves to prevent you from being exposed while you bathe the animal
  • Forceps to remove stingers
  • Muzzle to keep the animal from hurting you while it is excited or in pain
  • Pet carrier to help carry the animal to your local veterinarian

Top 10 Pet Poisons

  • Dog Poisons

    • Chocolate
    • Insect bait stations
    • Rodenticides (i.e., mouse and rat poison)
    • Fertilizers
    • Xylitol-containing products (i.e., sugar-free gums and candies)
    • Ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin® in brand name or generic form)
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol® in brand name or generic form)
    • Silica gel packs
    • Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
    • Household cleaners
  • Cat Poisons

Click here for Poisonous Plants List and on this website click here. Or here for plants safe for cats.

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 or your veterinarian for assistance. Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important. Having the container, package, or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

And I would like to give a big huge Thank you to the “Children’s Hospital of Michigan

You people are real human beings. Thank you.


20 thoughts on “Pet Poison Control Hotline Will Cost you $35-$65 for the Call”

  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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