Identifying Dangerous Foods and Plants

From the archive: Identifying Dangerous Foods and Plants

While we know that every dog loves table scraps, sometimes the things they are begging for are very harmful to them.  Do you know all the dangerous foods and plants in your home?

We’ve compiled a list of some common household foods and plants that are dangerous to your pets’ health.  Click the file below to print our pamphlet!

 

POISONOUS PLANTS

Sure, that flower is pretty. But is it placed low enough for your furry friends to sniff? Here are some plants that are poisonous to your pets at home:Azalea
Castor Bean
Chinese sacred or heavenly bamboo
Choke Cherry
Cyclamen
Daffodils
Fig
Holly berries
Kalanchoe
Lillies
Mistletoe berries
Poinsettia
Tulips

DANGEROUS DRUGS
Medicines are supposed to help you feel better, but some are very dangerous for your canine buddy:Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Aloe Vera
Antibiotics (unless prescribed by a vet)
Antidepressants
Antihistamines (unless prescribed by a vet)
Aspirin
Benzodiazepines
Calcium supplements
Ibuprofen (Advil)
Nicotine
Sleep Aids
Vitamins for Humans

HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Also watch out for these other common household items:Batteries
Detergents
Fire-starter Logs
Fluoride
Hand Sanitizer

 

FORMIDABLE FOODS
It may be fun to give your pup a treat, but some of your favorite foods are dangerous for your pets:Alcoholic Beverages – Causes intoxication, coma, and death
Avocado – Causes vomiting and diarrhea
Candy containing the sweetener Xylitol – Affects the heart and nervous system
Chocolate – Affects the heart and nervous system
Coffee, tea, caffeine – Affects the heart and nervous system
Fat trimmings – Causes pancreatitis
Garlic (also in powder form) – Causes red blood cell damage; could lead to anemia
Grapes and Raisins – Causes kidney failure
Hops (used in making beer) – Causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death
Macadamia Nuts – Affects the digestive and nervous systems; causes tremors and hypothermia
Moldy/Spoiled Food
Mushrooms – Affect multiple systems in the body; causes shock and could result in death
Onions & Chives (also in powder form) – Causes red blood cell damage; could lead to anemia
Peach/Plum Pits – Causes obstruction to the digestive tract
Potato – Affects the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems
Raw Undercooked Meat/Eggs/Fish/Bones – Can contain Salmonella and E. Coli; can cause seizures and death. Bones can splinter and wreak havoc on the digestive tract
Rhubarb (leaves/stems) –Affects the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems
Salt – Large amounts can cause tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and death
Tomato (leaves/stems) – Affects the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems
Yeast Dough – Can expand in the digestive system, causing pain and possible ruptures to the stomach and intestines

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG INGESTS SOMETHING POISONOUS

ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL 888-426-4435

Remove your dog from the area.
Check to make sure that your pet is safe (breathing and behaving normally)
Collect a sample of the material, including the packaging or container and save it – you will need that information when consulting a vet or emergency hotline
Do NOT give home antidotes
Do NOT induce vomiting without consulting a veterinarian or emergency help hotline
Get Help! Call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center

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