A Comprehensive List of Dog Poisons


Let’s say that your dog is a voracious eater, and it would be hard to imagine it not eating. Aside from its daily dose of dog food and treats, Fido might be gorging on your basketball shoes, your mom’s favorite couch, dad’s rocking chair and your sister’s high heels. If he chomps on almost anything he deems edible, you have to solve this problem immediately, due to the possibility of him consuming some sort of poison. To give you a clear picture of what might be poisonous to fat Fido, here’s a list:

Plants and fertilizers

Since it’s almost fall and harvest season is upon us, you might have a backyard vegetable patch and a cabinet full of fertilizer. Aside from which, you might also have a flower garden to adorn your lawn, a place where Fido usually hangs around. That being said, you might be surprised to know that some of the plants and fertilizers you have are poisons – these include the following:

Fertilizers, like bone meal, blood meal and notoriously, cocoa mulch, which has the same effect as chocolate. Use leaf mulch on your garden instead, in order to avoid poisoning.

• Flowering plants like baby’s breath, azalea, tulips, daffodils, chrysanthemums, Morning Glory, Amoryllis and Easter lily.

• Berries like elderberry, baneberry and the Chinaberry Tree.

• Aloe vera and Eucalyptus.

If Fido somehow consumes any of these plants, the most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and drooling. Immediately contact your local vet or pet poison hotline if you see that he dug up a flower bed and if there are a bunch of missing tulips!

Human medications

dog gazing at cough medicine


People fail to comprehend that human medicine and dog medications are worlds apart. You cannot just administer a painkiller to your pet if it seems to be in pain: you’re just making the problem more severe, and not solving it in any way. That being said, here are examples of common human medicine that is unsafe for pets:

• Aspirin – known as an over-the-counter painkiller and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), this is used both in humans and in pets. However, if consumed in large amounts, it can cause lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.

• Antihistamines – these drugs relieve the symptoms of allergies, long with hay fever and other skin diseases. When consumed in large amounts, it can cause hypertension, abnormal heartbeat, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

• Ibuprofen – like aspirin, it is an NSAID and used for treating arthritis, fevers and pain. Although there are certain brands that cater to dogs, consumption of this drug specifically made for humans causes halitosis, bloody vomit, black stools, weakness and seizures. It can even kill.

Be sure to keep your medicines in an elevated area, and never ever administer one yourself, unless if it’s prescribed by your veterinarian.

Human food

Certain kinds of human food are safe for pets, but some that are cooked can be considered poisonous. Feeding them exclusively with dog food is highly encouraged. That said, here are examples of human food that are considered pet poisons:

• Milk – dogs cannot digest this, mainly because they do not have enough digestive enzymes to break down casein. This can cause vomiting, diarrhea and extreme dehydration.

• Onions and garlic – these spices might be a great addition to your dishes, but they are very, very poisonous to dogs, especially if consumed in large amounts. This is why you should never give your dogs pizza and garlic bread.

• Chocolate and caffeine – it is common knowledge that this made-in-heaven sweet is poisonous to dogs, as it can cause kidney problems, irregular heartbeat and diarrhea. Coffee, and other products containing caffeine, are also not recommended.

• Chicken and fish bones – although it is a cliché in children’s poems and cartoons, giving them chicken bones isn’t recommended. Why? Well, the sharp edges can rupture the esophagus and can cause intestinal blockage.

If you look at it, there are tons of substances that are toxic substances that are toxic to Fido – it seems as if you need to exercise extreme caution everyday. Actually, all it takes to prevent poisoning is proper training, disposal of waste items and feeding it with the RIGHT food and treats.

Lastly, immediately call your local veterinarian if you suspect that Fido’s poisoned!

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