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Health & Wellness Wednesday - Back to School Dangers for Dogs

The ASPCA cautions parents with dogs to make sure their dog isn't affected by lunchboxes and school supplies.


September is the time of year when children trek back to school, and it's also a time when the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reports an increase in calls. The Center cautions pet owners who are parents with school-age children to be aware of keeping pets safe from toxins related to back-to-school activities.

There are many items toxic to dogs that school-age children carry in their lunchboxes and back packs, and dogs can easily get into them if they're left on the floor or on counters within reach. Some of the items that the ASPCA cautions parents to look for include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Cold Packs
  • Leftover food
  • Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Medications (ADHD pills, inhalers for asthma, and painkillers like acetaminophen)
  • And unfortunately in the case of some children, illegal drugs such as marijuana and pills

In addition to food items, many school supplies can be toxic. The Center explains that parents should look at supplies that are marked with an AP or CL label (AP for "approved product" and CL for "cautionary label." Any items carrying the CL label should be kept safe from pets and children should be made aware of the dangers.

Photo credit: 1973 Scooby-Doo Lunchbox - front via photopin (license)

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