Many common substances around your house and yard may be toxic to your pets. All cases of suspected poisonings should be seen by your family veterinarian or an emergency hospital as soon as possible. Whenever possible, bring the toxin’s packaging to the hospital. It may list the active ingredients or the concentration of the toxin. This information can help the veterinarian calculate the dose to which your pet may have been exposed. If you are unsure if a substance is toxic, there is a 24 hour National Animal Poison Control Center associated with the ASPCA. The phone number is 888-426-4435. You can also find more information by following the ASPCA Common List of Toxins link above.

Common Toxic Items:

  • Prescriptions and over the counter medications for humans or pets (including Advil, Tylenol and Aleve)
  • Insecticides (rodent bait, snail bait, mothballs)
  • Parasite control products
  • Automotive fluids (antifreeze, oil, gasoline)
  • Recreational drugs
  • Tobacco Products
  • Household cleaners (detergents, disinfectants, bleach)
  • Estrogen creams (any direct contact)
  • Potpurri
  • Compost, cocoa mulch and garbage
  • Plants/flowers (for details, visit the ASPCA website: )

Harmful Foods:

  • Chocolates, gums and candies
  • Avocados and wild mushrooms
  • Onion and garlic
  • Raw yeast dough
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Salts
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts
  • Alcohol, coffee, and tea leaves
  • Milk and eggs (undercooked or raw)
  • Compost, cocoa mulch and garbage
  • Human food (spoiled, fatty, raw, undercooked)
  • Xylitol (sweetener used in many sugar free gums and mints)