Ingested Batteries Are Harmful to Pets

Everything these days seems to have some sort of battery.  Smoke detectors, hearing aids, computers, mobile phones, remote controls and even car keys all have batteries. Unfortunately, batteries are extremely toxic to animals. Most batteries contain a strong acid or alkaline material that will burn any tissue it contacts. Some batteries emit an electrical current […]

5-FU (Efudex, Carac, Adrucil and Fluoroplex) Cream Will Poison Animals

As a veterinarian, I always worry about my patients coming into contact with medicated creams from their owners.  One of the worst is 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) which is used in humans to treat basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis of the skin. The patient applies a cream containing 5-FU to the affected area. Unfortunately, 5-FU is […]

Organosphate Kills Two Cats and Almost Claims Two Dogs

Organophosphates are commonly used to kill insects and pests in homes and gardens throughout the world. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize this highly effective compound is also highly effective at killing animals. Here is what happened to my friend. She agreed to share her story in order to educate people and hopefully, prevent future poisonings. My […]