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How many common household items could harm your dog?

National Poison Prevention Week is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. You probably know about chocolate being toxic to your dog but what about that mulch you're thinking about? How about that pack of sugar-free gum next to the phone or that Jade plant by the front door? You may be surprised by what we've found [...]

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Because I honestly cannot predict that I will remain calm:

We keep the poison control hotline on our cell phone's favorite list to speed dial, as well as our regular vet and a 24-hour local pet hospital.

Knowledge is power, and having a better sense of what common plants, foods or pill bottles pose a risk to our dogs is always a good idea in my book. If we know what we're dealing with then preventing tragedy or at the very least an upset stomach can be avoided. Here are a few sourced lists we pulled together to give you an idea of how many items we have around us that can be harmful to our loved ones.

Common Dangerous Ingredients [Source]

  • Walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Avocado
  • Cooked bones
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Caffeine
  • Onions
  • Grapes
  • Xylitol

Did you know that an apple tree can be dangerous to your dog? During the wilting process stems, leaves, seeds contain cyanide.

Common plants [Source]

  • California Ivy
  • Aloe
  • Calla Lily
  • Narcissus, Jonquil, Paper White and Daffodil bulbs
  • Cyclamen
  • Gladiola bulbs
  • Morning Glory
  • Holly
  • Primrose
  • Daisy
  • Silver or Chinese Jade Plant

With Spring Coming: Did you know that some fertilizers can irritate the skin and feet if your dog comes into contact with it, especially before it is dry? It can also be harmful if ingested. Did you know mulch containing cocoa bean shells is a tasty yet dangerous snack for dogs? Its effects are the same as chocolate toxicity.

Common household chemicals [Source]

  • Antifreeze: Ethylene glycol is the toxic chemical in anti-freeze.
  • Battery acid: very dangerous; can "eat away" at skin, mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract
  • Bleach: caustic to skin
  • Drain cleaner: caustic to skin
  • Glue: Many types of glue are dangerous, Gorilla Glue is perhaps one of the worst.
  • Motor oil: It is harmful to the skin as well as dangerous if ingested. It can easily kill a dog.
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Paint, varnish, lacquers, sealants, stains
  • Paint thinners and paintbrush cleaners (mineral spirits, turpentine, etc.)
  • Rat Poison
  • Salts (specifically rock salt/sidewalk salt) and other Deicers

Household poison dangers include common items found on the counter, under the sink, or sitting on your nightstand. All places a curious or bored dog could access with little effort.

Common human medications [Source]

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
  • Naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®)
  • Tramadol (Ultram®)
  • Adderall®
  • Zolpidem (Ambien®)

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance call: (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

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