EDUCATION

PLANTS 
POISONOUS
​TO PETS

Spring is right around the corner!  Did you know, a large portion of household and garden plants are toxic to pets?
Here's a list to keep on hand at home.  to view photographs of a much more extensive list of toxic and harmful plants known to cause systemic effects and /or varying degrees of gastorintestinal upset, visit www.aspca.org

  • Aloe                              
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Baby's Breath
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb Cane
  • Gladiolas
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris

  • Ivy
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe
  • Narcissus
  • Oleander
  • Pointsettia
  • Pothos
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip
  • Yew
  • Yucca

POISONS IN PLAIN SIGHT

​​Many common household items such as plants, foods and chemicals can be harmful to your pet if ingested.  Be informed so that you're prepared if you find yourself in a pet poisoning emergency.




Cats
  1. Lilies
  2. Topical flea and tick medicine for dogs
  3. Household cleaners
  4. Antidepressant medications
  5. Mouse and rat poisons
  6. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  7. Glow sticks/glow jewelry
  8. Amphetamines such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  9. Decongestant medications
  10. Essential oils
Dogs
  1. Chocolate
  2. Mouse and rat poisons
  3. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  4. xylitol (found in sugar-free gums and candies)
  5. Vitamin D (ingested in large amounts)
  6. Antidepressant medications
  7. Fertilizers
  8. Grapes and raisins
  9. Decongestant medications
  10. Caffeine
  11. Heart medications
  12. ADD/ADHD medications

Household Toxins

​When using common household chemicals such as cleaning solutions, antifreeze and fragrance sprays, make sure there's adequate ventilation and thoroughly wipe up and spills.  Also, tightly close bottles and containers, and stow them safely in cabinets that pets can't get into.

Non-ingested Poisons

Poisons aren't always ingested: some can be inhaled or cause chemical burns on the skin.
Inhaled poisons: Carbon Monoxide, smoke and chemical fumes

Skin poisons: Ammonia, lye, drain and toilet cleaners, tea tree oil

Toxic Table Scraps

Though sharing "just a bite" of food with your pet seems harmless, many human foods can be dangerous, even deadly, for dogs and cats.

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty foods
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions and garlic
  • Salt (high doses)
  • Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute
  • ​Yeast-based dough

Human Medications

Never give your pet human pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin), or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve).  These drugs can cause liver and kidney failure in pets.

Pet Medications

Keep human drugs in a separate place from your pet's drugs.  Accidentally giving human meds to pets is one of the most common pet poisoning emergencies.

Never give your cat medications meant for a dog.  Cats' unique metabolic pathways make them more sensitive to many drugs; giving your cat pain relievers or flea/tick meds made for dogs can be lethal.