Lurking Dangers:
Simple Household Items
That Can Be DEADLY

Dangerous "People" Foods

Every year, there are tens of thousands of emergency pet calls regarding ingesting, and being poisoned by, "people" food. Foods that are dangerous to your pet include:
  • Chocolates, coffee, and caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, and bones
  • Xylitol - a sweetener in many products
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Milk
  • Salt


Dangerous Plants

Believe it or not, thousands of calls were also made to emergency services concerning poisoning caused by household plants. Here are the top 17 plants that may harm your pet:
  • Lilies
  • Marijuana
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulip/narcissus bulbs
  • Azalea/rhododendron
  • Oleander
  • Castor bean
  • Cyclamen
  • Kalanchoe
  • Yew
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn crocus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • English ivy
  • Peace Lily
  • Pothos
  • Schefflera


Top Ten Poisons

Surprisingly, "people" food and plants are not the top issues when it comes to pet poisoning. Nearly ten times the number of calls are made to emergency centers concerning pets exposed to poisons. Here are the top ten:
  • Human medications
  • Insecticides
  • "People" food
  • Plants
  • Veterinary medications
  • Rodenticides
  • Household cleaners
  • Heavy metals
  • Garden products
  • Chemical hazards
If you suspect that your pet has ingested something poisonous or has come into contact with a poisonous substance, contact your vet immediately or you can contact the Pet Poison Helpline's 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center at 1-800-213-6680.