An Overview of Trends in Animal Poisoning Cases in the United States: 2011 to 2017

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2018 Nov;48(6):899-907. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2018.07.010.


Each year the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals receives thousands of reports of suspected animal poisonings. By using an electronic medical record database maintained by the Animal Poison Control Center, data on current trends in animal poisoning cases are mined and analyzed This article explores recent trends in veterinary toxicology including the types of animals and breeds that are most commonly exposed to different toxicants, seasonal and geographic distribution of poisoning incidents, the therapies that are most commonly administered, and trends in agents that are most frequently involved in poisonings.

Keywords: Animal poisoning incidents/trends; Toxicants; Toxicology; Veterinary.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cat Diseases / etiology
  • Cats
  • Databases, Factual
  • Dog Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dog Diseases / etiology
  • Dogs
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Hotlines / statistics & numerical data
  • Insecticides / toxicity
  • Poison Control Centers
  • Poisoning / epidemiology
  • Poisoning / etiology
  • Poisoning / therapy
  • Poisoning / veterinary*
  • United States / epidemiology


  • Insecticides