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Toxicity

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Keeping Your Pets Safe At Home

Your home and yard can be filled with seemingly harmless items that can be fatally poisonous to your pets. While some are more commonly known, you may be surprised by some of the dangerous items in your home.

Plants

Some of the more frequently encountered plants that are dangerous for pets include:

• Aloe

• Holly

• Azaleas

• Sago Palms

• Lilies

• Tulips

• Carnations

• Daisies

• Hyacinth

• Hydrangea

• Oleander

• Many fruit and nut trees

Foods

While the temptation to spoil our pets with “people food” may be strong, many foods that are safe for human consumption are not safe for our pets. Some commonly used dangerous foods are:

• Alcohol

• Avocado

• Chocolate (the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is)

• Caffeinated drinks such as coffee

• Citrus fruits

• Coconut and coconut oil

• Grapes and raisins

• Nuts

• Garlic

• Onions

• Xylitol (a commonly used sweetener in food items such as peanut butter, gum, toothpaste, breath fresheners, and candy)

Household Products

Items we use daily around our house can be potentially harmful to our pets, and must be stored properly and used with caution. While they may not all be fatally toxic, some of these items can cause severe medical issues requiring veterinary intervention. Common household products that can harm our pets can include:

• Dryer sheets

• Fertilizers

• Essential oils

• Concentrated household cleaners (most cleaners are safe when properly diluted and used according to the label)

• Rat and mouse poison

• Personal care items (items such as deodorant, colognes, talcum powder, lipsticks, and mascara present concerns for both toxicity and foreign body obstruction)

• Cigarettes and nicotine patches

• Mosquito repellents (these products should never be ingested or used topically)

Human Medications

While some human medications may be used safely in pets (such as Benadryl) when under veterinary supervision, many medications we take are hazardous to our pets. Some common toxic medications include:

• Adderall and other drugs containing amphetamines

• Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs

• Kaopectate and Pepto Bismol

• Antidepressants

• Pseudoephedrine and other decongestants

• Many topical creams/ointments

What are the most commonly seen cases for toxicity? The Pet Poison Helpline has put together a list of the top toxins for dogs and cats last year, in order of the most frequently seen.

Top 10 Toxins of 2016 For Cats:

1. Lilies

2. Insecticides

3. Household cleaners

4. Human antidepressant medications

5. NSAIDs

6. Rat and mouse poisons

7. ADD/ADHD medications

8. Chocolate

9. Acetaminophen

10. Ingestion of plants in the Allium species (such as onions, chives, and shallots)

Top 10 Toxins of 2016 For Dogs:

1. Chocolate

2. Rat and mouse poison

3. Xylitol

4. Insecticides

5. NSAIDs

6. Grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas

7. Household cleaners

8. Personal care and cosmetic products

9. Acetaminophen

10. Fertilizers

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A COMPLETE LIST OF POSSIBLE TOXINS OR A SUBSTITUTE FOR VETERINARY ADVICE. IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR PET HAS INGESTED ANY PLANT, FOOD, MEDICATION OR HOUSEHOLD ITEM PLEASE CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.

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