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Pet Poisons You Should Know About

Human Medications: This is the most common poisoning, often done with good intent.

  • Tylenol or Acetaminophen: causes liver failure in even small doses in smaller dogsand cats
  • Any human drug in a small pet, or sometimes in a large pet
  • Topical Antibiotics in pocket pets
  • Herbal Remedies, such as Tea Tree Oil and others 
Pet Medicines: From giving too much, giving to the wrong species, or from flavored tablets being accessible.   

Foods:

  • Macadamia Nuts: can cause paralysis in relatively small quantities 
  • Onion and Garlic: In the powdered form, can cause a life threatening anemia
  • Chocolate: Leads to twitches, hyperactivity, and potentially seizures
  • Raisins and Grapes: can cause kidney failure
  • Sugarless Gum or other Sugarless Treats: can cause a life threatening low bloodsugar and potentially fatal liver disease
  • Raw Meat: Often contains E. Coli, or Botulism leading to vomiting, diarrhea andorgan failure
  • Uncooked Bread Dough: can rise in the stomach, causing a fatal stomach distension 
Household/Garage Items:
  • Antifreeze: Even 1 or 2 licks can cause complete kidney failure
  • Rat Poison: inhibits blood from clotting, leading a pet to bleed to death, sometimes internally
  • Glues: Can harden in the stomach, causing a blockage
Plants:
  • Easter Lilly: can cause kidney failure
  • Sago Palms: all parts are poisonous, but the seeds especially can cause vomiting, seizures and liver failure
  • Tulip Bulbs: cause convulsions, depression, intense gastro-intestinal signs and heart problems
  • Azalea/Rhododendron: cause vomiting, coma and death
  • Oleander: cause cardiac disease, hypothermia and death
  • Yew: can cause death very quickly, before its even swallowed
  • Pothos, Philodendrun, Diffenbachia: mouth, face and throat swelling and paralysis