Toxic Ingestion

Is Your Home a Safe Place for Pets? You might Want to Think Again

When it comes to panic-infused phone calls, our receptionists here at Hilltop Animal Hospital can attest to the fact that those made by clients fearing that their dog or cat has nibbled on poison or sipped a caustic cleaning product have to rank number one.


Toxic Ingestion Public Enemies Numbers One Through Ten 

As a way of marking 2018's National Animal Poison Prevention Week, the ASPCA published the following list of toxins a pet might easily have access to in some homes. But hopefully, not in yours.

  • #10. Gardening Products
  • #9. Plants (both indoor and outdoor varieties)
  • #8. Insecticides
  • #7. Rodent bait
  • #6. Household items (paint, cleaning products, glues, and adhesives)
  • #5 Veterinary products!!!!!!!????
  • #4. Chocolate
  • #3. Human food
  • #2.  Prescription Medicines (especially heart medications, anti-depressants, and ADHD medications)
  • #1. Over-the-counter medications (particularly naproxen, ibuprofen, herbal remedies, cold medicines)

Yes, You Read that Right: Human Food and Veterinary Products

You probably already were aware that #4, chocolate, is toxic to animals, but did you know that while chocolate accounted for 10.1% of the toxic ingestion calls the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center's hotline receives, grapes, onions, garlic, and rains accounted for more, at 11.4%. If you're scratching your head over why veterinary products made the list, it wasn't that the vet sent them home to do the pet any harm, it's more a case of overindulgence on the part of the dog or cat. Many pet medicines are flavored so that the animal will like them, and some taste so good, animals actively seek them out.

If You Suspect Toxic Ingestion in Your Pet, Don't Hesitate to Call Us at Hilltop Animal Hospital 

If your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, is suffering seizures, or has bloody stools, these are all signs that your pet has ingested a poisonous substance. While these signs could all be symptoms of other conditions, any and all warrant an examination by our veterinarian, as do nosebleeds, inability to urinate, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Should your pet suffer any of these in conjunction, stay calm, but don't delay calling us call so we know you're coming. and our Fuquay Varina vet can be ready for you.



Find us on the map

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm




Read What Our Clients Say

  • "The best. Dr Scotty Gibbs always takes the time to comfort our dogs and us. Have gone there for years. Would not want to go anywhre else"
    Sandy Brink
  • "Dr Gibbs & all the Staff at Hilltop are gifted, talented, caring, and amazing. It would be hard to find a better veterinary clinic."
    Steve Holbrooks