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Reference Desk April 2012

Pet Poison Helpline Announces New iPhone Application and Mobile-enabled Web site

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 24, 2012—The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline continue to bring poison prevention information to pet owners and veterinarians, this time putting it at their fingertips on their smartphones.

    Pet Poison App

    Pet Poison Helpline now offers a handy iPhone application that contains an extensive database of foods, drugs, chemicals, and plants commonly found in the home and yard that are poisonous to pets. Always available with or without Internet access or cell phone service, the iPhone app has a powerful indexing feature that allows users to search for toxins, cross-referencing them by common and scientific terms.

    The iPhone application’s comprehensive database includes more than 250 toxins, each with a description, list of symptoms, and a full color photo, which is very helpful for identifying poisonous plants and flowers. The photos can be expanded to full screen size for easy identification. Each toxin entry has a bright yellow banner across the top that indicates the potential severity of the toxin, from “mild to moderate,” to “moderate to severe.” When in the midst of a potential emergency, users can dial Pet Poison Helpline directly from the application on their phone. Called Pet Poison Help, the iPhone app costs $0.99 and is available on iTunes. More information is available here.

    Pet Poison Helpline has also mobile-enabled its newly redesigned Web site, which is a comprehensive resource for pet owners and veterinarians. This means that when accessed via a smartphone, the information on www.petpoisonhelpline.com is optimized for mobile environments, presenting concise information on easy-to-navigate screens. When potential emergencies arise, pet owners and veterinarians can access vital information within moments. The mobile-enabled version of the Web site displays concise emergency instructions for dealing with poisoned pets, as well a list of poisons, a direct dial feature to Pet Poison Helpline, and links to additional information for pet owners and veterinarians. 

    “Our iPhone application and mobile-enabled Web site provide life-saving information wherever you may be with your pet,” said Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and associate director of veterinary services for Pet Poison Helpline. “In addition to being a vital resource in time-sensitive, emergency situations, they will create awareness by making information about pet toxins convenient to access on smartphones. It may be the best $0.99 you can spend for your four-legged friend!”

    As always, if you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.

    About Pet Poison Helpline
    Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

    Source: Pet Poison Helpline

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