Common Household Toxins for Pets

Common Household Toxins for Pets

Did you know that National Animal Poison Prevention Week is March 18th – 24th? Many common food items or household products can sicken or even kill animals! If your pet can get into it and it smells good, they’ll eat it. To keep your pet safe and healthy, be aware of what substances may be toxic to your pet. Additionally, make sure to store and use them safely. Here is our list of common household toxins for pets that you may want to be aware of.



In general, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to animals. The toxic compounds in chocolate are methylxanthines, specifically theobromine and caffeine. Pets that eat too much of these substances can have vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, and hyperactivity. Also, in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, and seizures.



Never give your pet a medicine meant for people unless you’ve been told to by a veterinary professional. Many common over-the-counter drugs can be extremely toxic to pets. Don’t leave medicine bottles out where pets can reach them, and pick up any dropped pills immediately. Also, with its legalization in various states, marijuana is becoming very common in households for medicinal purposes. Furthermore, animals can be poisoned by marijuana in different ways, such as ingesting marijuana edibles or by second hand smoke.


Cleaning Products

Always remember to read the warning labels on the household cleaning products you use, and store as directed. Many cleaning products have a pleasant smell, but have tons of dangerous chemicals!


Outdoor Hazards

These hazards can include poisonous plants (such as many flowers and ornamental shrubs), pest poisons (that are meant to kill insects or weeds), fertilizers, and garage chemicals (such as antifreeze). Learn which plants can be toxic to pets and under what circumstances. Also be very careful how you apply and store any poisons around your home.


Other Foods

Poisonous foods for pets include avocados, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, coffee, and many more. In general, do not store or leave food meant for you and your family in a place where your pet may be able to get to it. Therefore, if you do want to give your pet a human treat, make sure they aren’t harmful. Here are some examples!


Are you surprised by this list of common household toxins for pets? If you think your pet has eaten something poisonous, call your veterinarian or a pet poison hotline immediately! Time is critical. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s hotline number is 888-426-4435. The Pet Poison Helpline number is 800-213-6680.



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