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Household Dangers-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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16 Mar 2011 11:18 am

715SCHA said:

Thank you for the list! I will keep these items in mind!

24 Jan 2011 11:46 am

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20 Dec 2010 10:03 pm

lalananita said:

is penicillin a dangerous medicine for your dog???

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