DEAR DR. FOX: Pet Poison Helpline, an independent, trusted source for pet toxicology advice, has developed an interactive online tool designed to help pet lovers and veterinary professionals research dangerous and potentially poisonous plants in their local area. I am including more information on Toxin Trends, which analyzes data from the company's exclusive database of emergency calls. -- C.F., Bloomington, Minnesota
DEAR C.F.: I have long been aware of your group's good work, and hope you continue the excellent veterinary services that have certainly helped save many animals' lives.
Readers, see below for a press release from the helpline.
Release from Pet Poison Helpline, dated Sept. 14:
"PET TOXICOLOGY EXPERTS RELEASE REGIONAL POISONOUS PLANT MAP
"The toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline analyzed five years (2017-2022) of proprietary call data and have developed Toxin Trends, a new online tool designed to help consumers and veterinary professionals research dangerous and potentially poisonous plants in their local area. For example, Toxin Trends visually illustrates that Arizona pets may be more at risk for oleander poisoning, while pets in Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States are more likely to be exposed to sago palms. Calls regarding daffodil exposures are clustered in the northeast U.S. and Canada.
"The tool confirms that Peruvian lily exposures were overwhelmingly cats (96.1%), while exposures to lantana were predominantly dogs (96.1%). Meanwhile, calla lily exposures were split between cats (51.6%) and dogs (47.3%).
"Pet Poison Helpline plans to release future iterations of the Toxin Trends dashboard that will highlight additional insights gleaned from the company's database of emergency calls. The goal of sharing this exclusive data is to save pets' lives and make the world safer for animals.
"Pet Poison Helpline ... is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. We are an independent, nationally recognized animal poison control center triple licensed by the Boards of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy ... Our veterinarians and board-certified toxicologists provide treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. ... Pet Poison Helpline's fee of $75 per incident includes follow-up consultations for the duration of the case. Based in Minneapolis, Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found at petpoisonhelpline.com."
DEAR DR. FOX: Greetings from Tabby's Place! We are hoping you will share our story. Tabby's Place is a cage-free, no-kill sanctuary for cats from hopeless situations, and we've rescued nearly 4,000 extraordinary kitties over the past 19 years. Our heart and soul are our special needs cats, such as those living with diabetes, paraplegia, behavioral issues, blindness and cancer.
Tabby's Place welcomes dozens of desperate cats every month, caring for them via our "Linda Fund." Named for an injured kitten saved in 2009, the Linda Fund provides world-class medical care for sick and injured cats. Cat lovers are encouraged to visit tabbysplace.org to make a lifesaving, tax-deductible gift. Donations of any amount will be matched by benefactors, going twice as far for cats in crisis. Donations may also be mailed to the sanctuary at 1100 U.S. Highway 202, Ringoes, NJ 08551.
For additional information, please contact Tabby's Place Development Director Angela Hartley at email@example.com. -- A.H., Ringoes, New Jersey
DEAR A.H.: Good to hear about your sanctuary. I wish there were more facilities like it, and I hope this will secure some donations and adoptions.
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