Know Exactly What's Poisonous to Pets

Updated: Jan 10

Make sure they only put safe stuff in their mouths!

Many common foods, household items, and plants are dangerous to your fur babies.

Read on for helpful lists and safety tips in case your pet gets into something he or she shouldn't.

These items range in toxicity, but each is harmful. Note: These are not complete lists of potentially lethal pet toxins.

Top 10 Toxins for Dogs

  1. Chocolate

  2. Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)

  3. Anti-inflammatory medications

  4. Xylitol: a sugar substitute found in peanut butter, sugar-free gm, and more

  5. Grapes and raisins

  6. Antidepressant medications

  7. Acetaminophen, e.g. Tylenol

  8. Vitamin D

  9. Stimulant medications, e.g. for ADD/ADHD in humans

  10. Fertilizers

Top 10 Toxins for Cats

  1. Lilies (Lilium species)

  2. Topical flea/tick medications for dogs

  3. Household cleaners

  4. Antidepressant medications

  5. Essential oils

  6. Anti-inflammatory medications

  7. Mouse and rat poisons (rodenticides)

  8. Stimulant medications, e.g. for ADD/ADHD in humans

  9. Onions and garlic

  10. Vitamin D

Download Pet Poison Helpline's extensive infographic of toxins commonly found in different places in your home. Be sure all these items are out of your fur baby’s reach! Better safe than sorry, especially with a very curious pet.

Stopped at the sniff! Toxic plants are trouble.

Digging Deeper: Toxic Plants

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers lists of toxic foliage and vegetation, as well as the affects these plants could have on your fur baby: click here for dogs and here for cats.

For general information, visit ASPCA's Animal Poison Control.

In Case of Emergency: Have a Plan

If you ever suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call us immediately at (919) 471-0308. Time is of the essence. You can also call Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital (TVRH) at (919) 489-0615.

Every home with a fur baby is safer with a pet poison emergency kit that contains...

  1. A copy of your pet's vaccine record

  2. A list of any medical issues your pet has and/or medications he or she is on

  3. Basic first-aid supplies: alcohol wipes, gauze pads and adhesive tape, instant ice pack, ear-cleaning solution, liquid dish soap without a bleach additive (e.g. Dawn)

Please do not attempt any home treatment without first speaking to us or an emergency veterinarian. Get an great example of a pet poison first-aid kit from the Pet Poison Helpline.

Be sure to keep your pet's collar and leash at the ready, as well as a proper carrier and a soft towel or blanket. Bundling up your pet snuggly will help keep him or her calm on the way to us or TVRH. You can always call us during business hours at (919) 471-0308 if you ever suspect your pet has ingested a dangerous item.


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