Celebrate the Whippet Breed

Celebrate the Breed
Article by Elizabeth A. Coney, DVM, Georgetown, KY

Date Posted: Fri, 10 Jan 2003

Lisa M. Costello, DVM, wrote:
"Many times when we see suspect poisonings at our clinic we call animal poison control and charge it to our clients. We want to be sure we are using the best information out there. Is your dog not worth it?" Ditto. I call them all the time (you pay for it when your dog is poisoned) - I (or you) get a Board-certified veterinary toxicologist, trained assistants on the phone, cutting edge current treatments & comparison to other similar cases. The largest and most complete animal poisoning control database in the country at our fingertips at the touch of a computer key. Grapes and raisins? Febreze? These people are "hot topic central" for looking into this stuff and getting the word out nationally to vets everywhere. Have a whippet that ate a case of Desenex foot powder? Well, these are the people that can say, "oh, we have 5 of those in our database", and base your dog's treatment on what worked before, punch of a key detailed ingredient listings and toxicologic references, etc. Even if an owner calls, the animal is assigned a case number, and the toxicologist will work with the vet through the case for no additional charge. Worth every penny. The $45 helps them break even and keeps the center open. It's physically located at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana-Champaign, and I saw it alot when I was a student there - a terrific, class AAA resource. One telephone number is where you give your credit card number, the other is where you can call and the $45 will be billed to your telephone bill (if you don't have a credit card handy). Not sure which is which, would have to look it up.

Beth Coney


[Editor's Note: The 24-hour/day phone numbers for the National Animal Poison Control Center are:
If you need to use credit card -- 800-548-2423
If you need to bill to your telephone number -- 900-680-0000]