March 3 2014
Just like babies, dogs, particularly
puppies, are curious creatures and can sneak into places you never thought
conceivable. That is why it is so important you poison proof your home. The
ASPCA reported 167,000
calls related to pet poisonings in 2010, mostly due to common household
products that probably exist in your home right now. In fact the
Poison Pet Helpline and the ASPCA
compose lists of the top poisons lurking in your home that account for the most
- Foods. Although we humans love our
chocolate, ingestion can be life threatening to your dog because it contains an
ingredient known as theobromine (a relative of caffeine). If you're
thinking that sugarless candies and gums might be better, think again - they
contain an ingredient known as xylitol, a sweetener that
is dangerous to dogs. Other foods to avoid include grapes, raisins, caffeine,
alcoholic beverages, yeast dough, garlic and macadamia nuts.
- Insecticides, pesticides
. This is especially hazardous in
warmer months when we start treating our lawns. Those that contain organophosphates
(e.g., disulfoton, often found in rose-care products), can be particularly dangerous.
- Mouse and rat poisons. Unfortunately, as you rid your home of mice and
rats with poisons, these can be detrimental to your dog. Poisoning
can result in internal bleeding, brain swelling, kidney failure, or even severe
vomiting and bloat. It is important to store these baits in places your dog
- Human drugs. Never give your dog NSAIDs, including Aleve, Motrin or Advil as
these can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers. Of all the calls to Poison Pet
Hotline, antidepressants including Prozac, Paxil, Celexa and pain killers are
the most frequent cause. Store your medications (even cold medicines, vitamins,
and diet pills) away from your dog.
- Household cleaners. Toilet
bowel cleaners, lye, drain cleaners, rust removers, and calcium/lime removers can be toxic to your dog.
- Antifreeze. Antifreeze and ice melting products are particularly lethal to
pets. Attracted to the sweet taste, dogs can die from kidney failure if they
ingest even a small amount.
- Household plants. Many plants(including those that are dead or dried) and even
certain parts (leaves, fruits, seeds) can pose serious threats. Other outside
dangers may include mushrooms and garden mulch. Poisonous plants include
English Ivy, Hemlock, Foxglove, Oleander, Lily and Tulips.
For a complete
list of everything that is poisonous to your dog,
click here to view free training tip fact sheet. Knowing the dog poisoning symptoms could save your pet's life! It's important to keep their inquisitive
paws and noses away.
If you think your dog may have ingested something
harmful, don't hesitate, even if he/she has no symptoms. Be sure to take the
origin of the poison (plant, medicine bottle, etc) if you know it. Contact your
veterinarian immediately or local animal hospital.