Common Household Items Can Be Dangerous for Your Pets
Review our list of common items found inside and outside your home and keep them out of your pet’s reach.
- Human medications – Many human medications, including painkillers, can be highly toxic to pets.
- String, yarn and other similar objects – String products could cause intestinal blockage in your pet.
- Small toys with moving parts – Many toys designed for children are choking hazards for pets.
- Holiday decorations – Pets like to play with holiday decorations, but many of them are choking hazards to pets.
- Fumes from cleaning products – If you use aerosol sprays or a self-cleaning oven product, keep pets away from the fumes as they are toxic.
- Alcohol – all alcoholic beverages, including beer
- Apple seeds – only the seeds and stem. The rest of the apple is fine.
- Apricot pits
- Bones – ask your veterinarian which bones your dog can eat
- Caffeinated beverages
- Cherry seeds
- Chocolate – including chocolate desserts and candies
- Coffee and coffee beans
- Grapes – all types
- Macadamia nuts
- Marijuana edibles
- Onions and shallots
- Peach pits
- Potatoes with growth or sprouts
- Sugar-free candy and gum
- Yeast dough
If your dog consumes any of the above foods or you suspect other poisonings, immediately seek veterinary care at your closest animal hospital.
- Cocoa mulch – Pets are attracted to the chocolaty aroma, but the ingredients in cocoa mulch can be deadly if ingested.
- De-icing salts used for snow and ice – These salts can irritate the paws and poison your pet if consumed.
- Plants – certain types of plants are highly toxic to dogs
- Fertilizers – Most fertilizers, both commercial and organic, and plant food products are toxic to pets.
- Antifreeze or other ethylene glycol products – The sweet taste appeals to pets, but antifreeze can be deadly if even a small amount is ingested.
- Garbage cans – Your pet may try to lick the inside of garbage cans, which could result in him ingesting a harmful substance.
- Pest control poisons and or insect repellents – Insect repellents and rodent poisons are highly dangerous for pets.