Poisonous Items To Pets

Apr 18, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

As much as we try to protect our pets, many pet parents don't realize the dangers hidden in plain sight all around them. Those dangers can come in the form of plants, food, and household items that can be toxic and even deadly to our pets. If you think your pet has ingested any of the following items, call either ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 for at $65 fee or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 for $49. Symptoms can range from stomach upset and diarrhea to seizures and even death.

Common food items toxic to pets:

Alcoholic beverages  

Apple seeds 

Apricot pits 

Avocados

Cherry pits

Chocolate

Coffee, tea and soda due to the caffeine content 

Grapes 

Macadamia nuts 

Mushrooms 

Mustard seeds 

Onions and onion powder 

Peach pits 

Raisins 

Rhubarb leaves 

Walnuts 

Xylitol (artificial sweetener toxic to pets. Many sugar free foods, such as peanut butt, candy and gum contain Xylitol)

Yeast dough


Plants toxic to pets:

Amaryllis

Andromeda

Arrow Grass

Azalea

Bittersweet

Boxwood

Buttercup

Caladium

Chokecherry

Climbing Lily

Crown of Thorns

Daffodil Bulbs

English lvy

Elderberry

Fox Glove

Fox Tail

Holly

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

lris

Japanese Yew

Jasmine Berries

Marigold

Mistletoe

Narcissus

Nightshade

Oleander

Peach

Philodendron

Poison ivy

Poinsettias

Rhododendron

Rhubarb

Tobacco

Tulip Bulbs

Walnut

Wisteria

Yew


Common Household Items Toxic Pets

Aleve

Bait traps

Batteries 

Battery fluid 

Bleach 

Dibutyl phthalate (often called DBP) commonly found in glow sticks and glow jewelry

Dishwashing detergent 

Drain cleaners

Drywall compound

Ethylene glycol AKA Antifreeze 

Fertilizer

Foam insulation

Foil

Glue

Hair dye 

Insecticide

Lead paint

Liquid potpourri

Mothballs

Motrin

Mouse and rat poisons

Oven cleaners

Paint removers 

Pool chemicals

Tea tree oil

Toilet bowl cleaner

Tylenol

Varnishes

Windshield washer fluid 

Zinc

The most important thing a pet parent can do to minimize the risk of accidental poisoning is to remove access to all of those items.  Store all household and yard chemicals in a locked area away from where pets eat or sleep. Utilize safety locks for all lower cabinets within easy reach of pets. This can be trickier with cats and plants, as cats are known climbers. To easiest way to eliminate the risk of a cat getting into a poisonous plant is not to bring one into the home, or store in on an enclosed porch or outdoor area.  To reduce the risk of a food based poisoning, buy a refrigerator magnet listing what foods are dangers to our pets and make sure everyone is aware of what foods are dangerous to our furry family members. Make sure young children know not to share their food, candy or gum with pets and explain that it can make their pet very sick. Before taking your pet to the park or on long walks, they should be trained in the ‘leave it' command, as it could save their life if they would come upon any of the above while outdoors. While there isn't a way for pet parents to be everywhere at every moment of the day, we can minimize the risks of our pets falling ill or even dying by getting into a toxic substance.


 
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