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AHS Vets on Pets: Dr. Steven Hansen and Pet Poison Prevention

Written by: Kimberly Ring

AHS' President and CEO, Dr. Steven Hansen, is Passionate About Veterinary Toxicology.

Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Hansen spent 16 years with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), most recently as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. He is one of a handful of veterinarians board-certified by the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Month, Dr. Steven Hansen offers these poison safety tips to help keep your pet safe.  "Veterinary toxicology is such an interesting and important subject. Animals, especially dogs, can open just about any type of child-proof packaging, and as a result, poison cases are commonly seen in veterinary hospitals. Make sure to always keep a close eye on your pet and store human foods, cleaning products, and medications above the counter and out of reach."

--Dr. Steven Hansen, DVM

  Every year, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center answers more 200,000 calls for help. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

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