Poison Prevention Week March 17-23!


It’s Poison Prevention Week! Poisonous plants, foods, and/or toxins could be hiding around your house without your knowledge. Here are some helpful tips regarding pet first aid and poison prevention!


If you think your dog or cat has been poisoned, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 immediately for assistance!


How to Build a Pet Safety First Aid Kit!

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Keep a tackle box filled with pet first aid items in a safe, easily accessible area in case of emergency. Your pet first aid kit should include:

  1. A note or index card with:

    • The name and # of the nearest emergency veterinary clinic

    • The Pet Poison Help Line: 1-855-764-7661

    • Your pet’s microchip ID #

    • Your pet’s vaccine records, proof of rabies vaccination

  2. Alcohol wipes

  3. Bandage Materials:

    • Absorbent gauze pads

    • Adhesive tape

    • Splints and tongue depressors

  4. Artificial tears, saline solution

  5. Large towel/blanket

  6. Supply of dry/canned food and treats

  7. Diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl®) 25 mg tablets or liquid 12.5 mg/tsp (5mL) concentration (with NO other combination ingredients)

  8. A case or bottle of LICKS Cat Ache Aid / Dog Pain Relief!

  9. An instant ice pack, and a small towel to wrap around it

  10. Penlight or flashlight

  11. Rubber or latex free exam gloves

  12. Scissors

  13. Tweezers

  14. Corn syrup/table syrup (~1/8 cup in case of hypoglycemia)

  15. Triple antibiotic ointment (with NO other combination ingredients – NOT for use in CATS!)

What are the Signs of Poisoning in Dogs and Cats?

The signs of poisoning can range vastly depending on what your cat or dog has ingested/come in contact with. When it comes to poisoning, the sooner you treat your pet the better the outcome. Some common signs of poisoning can include:

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Gastrointestinal Signs

  • Vomiting/Nausea

  • Drooling/hyper-salivating

  • Loss of appetite

  • Diarrhea

Signs of Internal Bleeding

  • Coughing of blood

  • Vomiting blood

  • Pale gums

  • Racing heart rate

  • Weakness/Collapse

Signs of Liver or Kidney Failure

  • Jaundice/icterus/yellow discoloration to the gums

  • Halitosis (“uremic” breath)

  • Excessive thirst or urination

  • Absence or decreased urination

  • Black-tarry stool (melena)

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

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Accidents can happen unexpectedly, be prepared by keeping a supply of LICKS Dog Pain Relief or Cat Ache Aid in your home in case of emergency! Our pain relief formula provides your pet temporary relief from pain and discomfort.

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Summer Creighton