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The Top 5 Feline Winter Toxins

During the winter, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center sees an increase in certain toxicants. During the holiday seasons, there seems to be more antidepressant ingestions by cats. The following covers the most common feline winter toxins, and the best treatment methods.

The top 5 feline poisons seen more during the winter are:

  • Effexor (SSRI antidepressants)
  • Lilies (Lilium & Hemerocallis)
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Glo jewlrey
  • Household cleaners

SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Venlafaxine (Effexor)

  • Common SSRI antidepressant
  • Some weird odor in capsule that attracts cats
  • Even one pill is toxic
  • Clinical signs of “serotonin syndrome – tachycardia, hypertension, mydriasis, tremors, seizures

LILIES

Poisonous lilies:

  • Easter lily
  • Tiger lily
  • Day lily
  • Stargazer lily
  • Oriental
  • Wood
  • Red
  • Asiatic

Signs of lily toxicosis include anorexia, vomiting, and depression.

LIQUID POTPOURRI

Includes Essential oils and cationic detergent. In case of ingestion, flush out mouth and contact your veterinarian immediately.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

Bleaches and cleaners can be toxic to your cat.

REMEMBER: when in doubt, contact us or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

IN CASE OF “AFTER-HOURS” EMERGENCY

There are two veterinary emergency hospitals in Hillsborough County.  If you are having a life or death emergency with your pet, finding the closest to your home is a good idea.  Florida Veterinary Specialists and Blue Pearl Service accept emergencies and are two that we recommend, on a case by case basis:

  • Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency
    238 E. Bearss Avenue, Tampa
    (813) 265-4043
    Website
  • Blue Pearl
    3000 Busch Lake Boulevard, Tampa
    (813) 933-8944
    Website
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