Household and Garden Toxins

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There are a plethora of items that are potential toxins to pets. Often, toxins are found in everyday items that are easily accessible within your home or garden.  In 2009, the Animal Poison Control Center handled over 140,000 pet toxicity cases.  The majority of these cases involved basic household items including human and pet medication, insecticides, people food, rodenticides, household cleaners and garden products.

Basic precautions can help save your pet’s life.  For instance, use covered trash bins to prevent access to disposed items.  Also, keep pets out of storage areas that may contain toxins, such as sheds or garages.  Consider using child safety locks on cabinets where household cleaners are kept.  Research toxic plants and attempt to keep your garden pet friendly.

Examples of toxic plants are:

  • Amaryllis
  • Azaleas
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Holly
  • Hyacinths
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lillies
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettias
  • Sago Palm
  • Tulips

For a more in depth list of toxic plants, visit here.

Examples of toxic human food include:

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute)
  • Caffeine

For a more in depth list of toxic foods, visit here.

Surprisingly, flea preventatives containing pyrethrin and permethrin can be toxic to your pet.  These over-the-counter flea preventatives work as an insecticide and may be harmful and even lethal to your pet.  Consult your veterinarian to determine which flea preventatives are safe to use on your pet.

If you believe your pet consumed a toxic item, contact your veterinarian immediately.  Try to keep a local emergency vet’s contact information easily accessible for possible after hours ingestion.  To schedule an appointment if you believe your pet may have ingested one of these items, call us at (858) 759-8797.