Last week, we provided Pet Poison Helpline’s top 10 most frequently reported poison dangers that dogs get into. Well, with that list comes the companion top 10 most common breeds that get into these poisons - along with their given names. Have a mixed-breed dog named Bella? Watch out!
The top 10 breeds accounting for the most calls to Pet Poison Helpline were:
- Mixed breeds
- Labrador retrievers
- Golden retrievers
- Yorkshire terriers
- Shih Tzus
- German shepherds
The top 10 dog names accounting for calls to Pet Poison Helpline in 2011, in descending order of popularity, were:
- And last, but not least – Sadie and Buddy were tied for tenth place!
Please keep in mind that just because you have a mixed-breed dog doesn’t mean that they necessarily get into poisons more, but that they are the most popular "type" of dogs in the United States. Likewise, Bella is probably one of the more common names out there.
Nevertheless, these two top 10 lists give you food for thought! As some breeds of dogs are chowhounds (Labradors will eat anything), it’s really important to appropriate crate train your puppy to avoid these potential situations to begin with.
When in doubt, if you suspect your dog (or cat) has gotten into something dangerous, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for life-saving advice right away!
Dr. Justine Lee