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PEER REVIEWED 78 JULY/AUGUST 2018 "Mom! The dog ate my art project!" This excuse is as old as homework itself, and fodder for sitcoms and comedians. But what about the pet? Should the pet be treated? Are clinical signs expected? The answer, of course, is, "It depends." Whether the object is a kindergartner's first homework assignment or the work of a professional artist, the toxicity depends on the media used. Art supplies can be divided into several different media categories ( BOX 1 ). This article discusses the hazards of art media, not of tools used to produce art. HISTORY The history is an important part of determining the risks and treatment of exposure to art supplies. The pet can undergo an initial history and stabilization if necessary. While the animal is being examined, another staff member can ask the following questions: ■ What media or medium is involved? (Often more than 1 medium type is ingested.) ■ How was the pet exposed? Was it by oral or dermal exposure, or by multiple routes? ■ What other substances were present? (Many artists have paint thinner and cleanser, which can also be toxic.) ■ What were the brands and colors of the media? ■ Is an Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) seal present on the medium? Toxicity of Art Supplies Charlotte Means, DVM, MLIS, DABVT, DABT ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center University of Illinois MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES Welcome to Practical Toxicology, brought to you in partnership between Today's Veterinary Practice and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) ( ). This column provides practical clinical information about diagnosing and treating pets that have been exposed to potentially harmful substances. The APCC: Provides 24-hour diagnostic and treatment recommendations by specially trained veterinary toxicologists Protects and improves animal lives through toxicology education, consulting services, and case data review Developed and maintains AnTox, an animal toxicology database system that identifies and characterizes toxic effects of substances in animals Works closely with human poison control centers to provide animal poisoning information Offers extensive veterinary toxicology consulting to organizations in industry, government, and agriculture. If treating a patient that requires emergency care for poisoning, call the APCC at 888-426-4435. Evgeniya

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