New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466


Pet Poison Helpline is a 24/7 poison control hotline and website.  Click the link for lots of free info on pet poisons and toxins. 

Phone Calls regarding an actual pet poisoning to this helpline are only $39.00!!  WE RECOMMEND THAT IF YOU PET HAS INGESTED SOMETHING POTENTIALLY POISONOUS THAT YOU CALL THE PET POISON HELP LINE IMMEDIATELY AT 1-800-213-6680!  The poison hotline will give us rapid and important information so that we can begin to help your pet immediately.

Read below for helpful  tips from the Pet Posion Helpline on how to protect your pet from posions!

If your pet just ingested something toxic, calm down! While it's very stressful, know that the more calm, cool, and collected you are, the sooner you can seek the correct medical attention. First, get a handle on the situation by following these guidelines:

1) Immediately remove your pet from the area, and make sure no other pets (or kids!) are exposed to this area. Safely remove any remaining poisonous material from their reach.

2) Check to make sure your pet is breathing normally and acting fine otherwise.

3) Collect a sample of the material, along with the packaging, vial, or container, and save it - you will need all that information when you talk to your veterinarian or to a Pet Poison Helpline expert.

4) Do NOT give your dog any milk, food, salt, oil, or any other home remedies! Also, never inducing vomiting without talking to your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline - it may actually be detrimental or contraindicated to induce vomiting!

5) Don't give hydrogen peroxide to your pet without checking with a vet or with Pet Poison Helpline first. For you cat lovers, hydrogen peroxide doesn't work well to induce vomiting (it just causes massive foaming and salivating instead!), and stronger veterinary prescription medications are necessary to get your cat to vomit up the poison Kitty ingested!

5) Get help. Program your veterinarian phone number, along with an ER vet and Pet Poison Helpline's phone number (1-800-213-6680) in your cell phone so you have immediate access to help.

Keep in mind that the prognosis is always better when a toxicity is reported immediately, so don't wait to see if your pet becomes symptomatic before calling for help. It's always less expensive, and safer for your pet for you to call immediately. Remember that there's a narrow window of time when we can decontaminate (induce vomiting or pump the stomach) in the cases of poisonings!

Poison proof your home

Not sure if your house or yard is pet proof? Read on to find out easy ways to avoid having to call us in the first place!
  • Check out your plants - that includes the ones outside too! Make sure bouquets from the florist don't contain any lilies before you bring them into the house! Are they toxic to pets?
  • Keep medications safely locked up behind secure cupboard doors. Don't leave them on counter tops or tables. This includes inhalers, dietary aids, dietary supplements or nutraceuticals!
  • Always double check the pill vial before administering the appropriate medication - we often get called about pet owners giving their human medications to their pet accidentally!
  • Keep pets away from cleaning products. Shut them out of the room while spraying bathroom cleansers, etc.
  • Close toilet lids to keep pets from drinking the water. This is very important if you choose to use automatic chemical tank or bowl treatments.
  • Know what food products are toxic to pets. (Check out "Is That Poisonous?" area for more information.) Keep food products such as chewing gum, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, or garlic away from tempting locations.
  • Keep home fragrance products out of reach.
  • Keep rodenticides far away from a pet's access. Keep in mind that rodents can transfer the toxins to accessible locations. Certain rodenticide products do not have treatment antidotes. Know what a product's active ingredient is and potential toxicity for pets.  
  • Do not spray aerosols or use any heavily fragranced products (including plug-in products) around caged birds or other caged pets.    
  • Never medicate your pets with human products without first speaking to a veterinary professional!
  • Keep open dishes of potpourri (liquid or dry form) out of reach.
  • Do not use insecticides around your pet without knowing their toxicological profile. Read labels and use products only as recommended. Don't use dog flea and tick products on cats!
  • Keep garbage behind closed doors. Trash and compost bins can contain many toxins to pets such as cigarette butts, coffee grounds, moldy dairy products, & chicken bones.
  • Don't leave batteries of any type lying around. Dogs enjoy chewing on them which can result in serious harm if ingested.  
  • Keep alcoholic beverages beyond reach.
  • Keep ashtrays and nicotine replacement products out of their reach.
  • Glues are tasty to eat but some may result in serious harm if ingested. If working on home-improvement projects, keep pets safely behind a closed door to prevent accidental harm through curious investigation.
  • Poison proof your garage and lawn!
  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) products are extremely toxic to pets. Choose propylene glycol products as a safer alternative, or keep pets far away from any ethylene glycol product. If you spill any on a driveway, clean it up immediately or dilute it with several gallons of water!
  • Keep all automotive products such as windshield cleaner fluid or engine lubricants stored out of reach from pets. Clean all spills up immediately and thoroughly.
  • Dogs like to eat fertilizers! Keep bags tightly sealed. Use products according to label instructions.   
  • Grub or snail killers can be highly dangerous to pets even in very small quantities. Metaldehyde-containing products can be especially harmful to pets. Keep these products out of the garden or the garage if you have no way to prevent a possible taste from your pet.  
  • Certain yard insecticides contain organophosphates or carbamates, considered to have the potential to cause serious harm if ingested in high enough concentrations. Do not use insecticides around pets before knowing their potential for toxicity.  
  • Keep pets off lawns until commercially sprayed herbicides are dry. Generally speaking, consumer herbicides are of relatively low toxicity to mammals, they may result in stomach upset if ingested.