The Pets Best Insurance Blog recently did a series of articles on common toxins that affect pets. It's worth the read if only to make you aware of potential toxins that you probably have in and around your home so you can take steps to make sure your pet doesn't have access to them. Otherwise, you could face a rather expensive trip to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic for treatment of a preventable and potentially life-threatening condition. At the end of each article, several examples of actual claims that Pets Best paid for the treatment of that particular toxicity are given.
Coincidentally, my son called me Saturday night saying that his Border Collie had eaten a whole bag of Gobstoppers while they were away from home for awhile. Fortunately, the candy doesn't contain xylitol which is one of the toxins covered in the Pets Best series on pet toxins.
You might also consider listening to the podcast interview I did with The Preventive Vet, Dr. Jason Nicholas where we talked about some of these common toxicities that veterinarians see all too commonly. He also gives some excellent tips on things you can do at home to prevent these toxicities in your pet. Following his advice could potentially save you thousands of dollars.