Did your pet eat chocolate? A poisonous plant? Your medication? There are potential pet poisoning concerns all around us—in our homes, our yards, barns, fields, etc. All too often pets are endangered as a result of their natural curiosity. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435.
Focusing on dogs, cats, horses, and birds, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) free mobile app helps owners quickly identify over 300 potential everyday hazards, providing crucial information about the severity of the problem and critical next steps.
Information in the app comes from the expert veterinary staff at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, which has handled over 2.5 million cases of pets exposed to potentially toxic substances.
Animal Poison App Features:
- A searchable database of hundreds of different substances
including: household hazards, medications, warm weather
toxins, and cold weather toxins commonly found in or around
an animal’s surroundings.
- Details for each toxin including: scientific name, common
names, sample images, severity of exposure, and potential
symptoms for at-risk dogs, cats, horses, and birds
- Color-coding to help you identify the toxins of most concern
- Chocolate and rodenticide poison calculators
- One-touch speed-dialing to the ASPCA Animal Poison
- Online and offline access to app information
- Access to APCC online resources
- Information about APCC podcasts, speaking engagements,
and other events
Please note that the information located in the app is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered toxins.
For questions, or if you are having any issues downloading our free app, please contact our Client Services department at email@example.com or submit your questions in the Feedback tab located within the app.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Thanks for using Animal Poison by ASPCA! You gave feedback and we listened! We've added an all new design, new calculators, new common name search capability, new features, the ability to give feedback in the app and more!
Ratings and Reviews
I got this when the Pet Poison Control app was discontinued. What a sad replacement. It’s alphabetized by scientific name, though you can search by common name. But the entries are incomplete both in items listed and symptoms to watch for.
Example: the green parts of tomato plants are toxic to dogs, as are onions. Neither of these are listed in the app at all. Garlic is listed under plants rather than food.
And several entries are noted as ‘severely toxic’ but the symptoms fail to mention symptoms like coma and death.
Finally, the app I used to use (which was sadly discontinued) described the item and what about that item was toxic so that pet owners could better understand what problems may occur - for example the stems and leaves of tomatoes contain a toxin called .... which causes .... when ingested’ or apples ‘the flesh and skin of apples are safe for dogs to eat, but the seeds contain .... which can cause .... symptoms and so the core of the apple should be discarded’
The ASPCA app is woefully incomplete in this regard. I shall keep searching for a better app.
Simple to use, precise and to the point information. People complain about the categories and the fact that items are listed under scientific names, but they seem to have overlooked the fact that the app also has a search function that works very well, so that you don’t have to scroll through categories. If your search is not returning a result, simply google the product in question to see if there is an alternate name. I was able to search garlic, vitamin b, oxycodone, and phenylephrine with no difficulty. When Sudafed didn’t return a result, I googled Sudafed and punched pseudoephedrine (the active ingredient) into the app instead, which gave me the result I was looking for.
This app will neither diagnose your pet’s symptoms nor tell you if what/how much your pet ingested WILL cause a problem- an app cannot practice veterinary medicine. However, this app is a good first step to determine whether you should seek additional assistance. In order to properly utilize the tool and appreciate it, it’s helpful to understand its purpose.
Not designed for quick access
As others have pointed out, most everything is classified by scientific names. It would be helpful to have an index of common names.
More importantly, there’s no ability to search by symptom rather than specific poisons. Pet owners are likely to know there’s a problem in advance of knowing what caused the problem, so why not have the option to start here? There should at least be enough to help establish a possible triage priority, or the app should urge pet owners to call the vet immediately if they don’t know the source of the problem and the symptom may point to a severe problem.
The app is a promising resource. I’m eager to see how it develops, and I’ll gladly raise my rating as it does!
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- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
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- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
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