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Toxic Plants, Drugs & Foods - A Pet Parent's Guide

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In 2009, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled over 140,000 cases regarding pets ingesting common household products. We've compiled a list of common household products that can be dangerous to pets.

Household Drugs

  • NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (Naproxen) & Motrin (aspirin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Most prescription drugs meant for humans. Ingestion of any medication not specified for that individual pet is reason to go see a veterinarian. The drugs listed below are some of the more dangerous substances for pets, but any ingestion of human medications should be investigated.
  • Antidepressants such as Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac and Lexapro
  • ADD/ADHD Medications such as Concerta, Adderall and Ritalin
  • Benzodiazepines and Sleep Aids such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien and Lunestra
  • Birth control such as estrogen, estradiol and progesterone
  • ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors such as zestril and altace
  • Beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Troprol and Coreg
  • Thyroid hormones such as Amour dessicated thyroid and Synthroid
  • Cholesterol lowering agents such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor
  • Human supplements, nutraceuticals or herbal remedies that haven’t been recommended by a veterinarian for your pet

Garden Items

  • Bait traps for rodents, snails and slugs
  • Rodenticides
  • Insecticides
  • Blood Meal
  • Fertilizers
  • Plants
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Hyacinth
  • Tulips
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lily
  • Oleander
  • Sago Palm
  • Foxglove
  • Rhododendron
  • Compost
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt water
  • Toads in certain areas of the country

Household chemicals

  • Antifreeze
  • Paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Expandable foam insulation
  • Tar
  • Pool chemicals
  • Drain cleaners
  • Lead (lead paint chips or dust)
  • Zinc (pennies made after 1982)

Human foods

  • Sugarless products that contain xylitol (gum or other food products)
  • Chocolate
  • Foil wrappers
  • Coffee grounds, or any products with caffeine
  • Avocados
  • Fatty foods, such as fat from meat, many nuts
  • Pan drippings
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes or raisin
  • Alcohol
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Raw meat
  • Dairy products
  • Baby food
  • Yeast dough
  • Unripe tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms

If your pet has ingested any of these products, please contact your veterinarian or the poison control center.

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