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Common Household Items Toxic to Your Pet

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

This is not a complete list, but rather the more common causes of toxicities or harm to domestic pets that we see in our practice
  • Chocolate – the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous

  • Grapes and raisins

  • Onions, garlic (and powders) leeks, chives, shallots

  • Xylitol – artificial sweetener in chewing gum, sugarless lollies, and other sugar-free products which may be used by diabetics. Sorbitol is toxic, but not as toxic as xylitol

  • Coffee

  • Fatty foods and excess fat

  • Alcohol, especially beer, as hops are toxic.

  • Marijuana

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Mouldy and spoiled foods

  • Salt – contained in play dough, salt water/sea water

  • Dried chicken products, especially if manufactured in China

  • Avocado is mildly toxic to dogs. The seed can cause intestinal blockage.

  • Cherry, plum and peach seeds which contain cyanide, and may also cause intestinal blockages

  • Cooked bones often cause constipation or blockage

  • Some plants (there are many more): Lilies cause sudden onset renal failure; rhododendrons; azaleas; tulips; daffodils; sago palm seeds; pointsettias; lantana; peace lily

  • Mushrooms and toadstools

  • Human medications and herbal products such as ibuprofen, aspirin, paracetamol, antidepressants, ADHD medications, tea tree oil, pennyroyal oil, ephedra

  • Animal medications which are overdosed or which may cause individual reactions, such as Metacam, Rimadyl.

  • Use in wrong species such as permethrins which are safe in dogs but not in cats

  • Poisons such as rat baits; snail baits; car antifreeze (ethylene glycol, which has a sweet taste); cleaning solutions such as bleach; fertilizers;, heavy metals, such as lead in old paint; mercury.



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