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Poison prevention means keep out of reach for pets, too

Doctors from Michigan Veterinary Specialists are encouraging people to also remember their pets during National Poison Prevention Week.

National Poison Prevention Week started Sunday and runs through Saturday. The purpose is to create awareness and prevent injury or death due to poisoning.

“While many precautions are taken to prevent humans from being exposed to toxins, it is equally important to remember to take precautions for pets,” said Dr. Sayra Reyes, senior emergency clinician at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. “A good way to do this is to know what types of items can be toxic to pets.”

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the top 10 pet toxins of 2012 were:

Prescription human medications


Over-the-counter human medications

Veterinary products and medications

Household products

People food




Lawn and garden products

Additionally, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, raisins, the sugar substitute xylitol, and raw or undercooked food can create major problems for pets.

While rodenticides may not be intended for pets, they are designed to attract animals. Should pets encounter these indiscriminate poisons, the condition is life-threatening and the pet must be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Antifreeze is another toxic substance pets are often attracted to due to its sweet taste. If ingested, pets can almost certainly die if the condition is left untreated.

If a pet does ingest something that may be toxic, make sure to bring the label or packaging of the substance with you to your veterinarian. For example, there are different types of rodenticides with different forms of treatment. It’s important for veterinarians to know what substance they are treating for.

“Most importantly, if you believe your pet has gotten into something that may be toxic, get him or her to your veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian immediately,” said Dr. Reyes. “Time can ultimately be the difference between life and death.”

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Colon cancer: awareness and screen are key to prevention

Spectrum Health United Hospital hosts free informational events

Knowledge and action have become important tools in reducing the incidence of colon cancer, which is the focus of National Colon Cancer Month in March.

On Wednesday, March 9, Spectrum Health United Hospital is hosting two complimentary community health talks with the focus of:  Colon Cancer: Be Informed, Take Action. Sessions are scheduled for 1:00-2:00pm and 6:30-7:30pm. Both sessions will take place at Spectrum Health United Hospital’s Conference Center located within the hospital.  Refreshments will be provided.

Presenter Dr. Theodor Asgeirsson will focus on answering questions such as:
•    What is colorectal cancer?
•    What are the risk factors?
•    How often should I be screened?
•    Can colon cancer be prevented?
•    What treatment plans and options are available?

Dr. Asgeirsson joined the medical staff of Spectrum Health United Hospital in June 2010. He specializes in a wide variety of digestive disorders including colon and rectal cancer and screening, proctology, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery. Dr. Asgeirsson is board certified in general surgery.

Community Health Talks are free to attend, but registration is required. To register please call: 616.225.6822 or register online at spectrum-health.org/colon-cancer-seminar-1.

When registering, please identify which session you will be attending.

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