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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has announced that, for the 7th year in a row, human medications top the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets. The APCC handled more than 167,000 cases in 2014 involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances; nearly 16% of those cases (26,407) were pets that consumed medicines intended for human use. The top 10 calls into the APCC in 2014 were 1) human prescription medications, 2) over-the-counter medications, 3) insecticides, 4) household items, 5) human foods, 6) veterinary medications, 7) chocolate, 8) plants, 9) rodenticides, and 10) lawn and garden products. The APCC provides a mobile app—APCC by ASPCA—that features a searchable database of more than 275 toxins. For more information, visit aspca.org/apcc.