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Items That Are Toxic to Pets

dog and toxic food

Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) compiles its data from the calls they receive about pets exposed to toxins and releases the Top 10 categories of potential poisons. APCC is available to support veterinarians treating pets for suspected poisonings and can be reached on their 24-hour hotline (888) 426-4435.

Be sure to keep these items out of your pets’ reach.

Medications—Over-the-Counter (OTC) and Human Prescriptions 

Keep old medications, vitamins, pain relievers (ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen) and prescriptions like antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and cardiac medication away from your pets. 

Plants and Garden Products  

Many household plants can be toxic to pets, like lilies, tulips, and Amaryllis. Read the ASPCA list of dangerous plants to avoid. Keep garden products out of reach.

Household Toxicants  

Home-improvement toxicants like paint and spackle.

Rodenticide and Insecticides 

Rat/mouse poison and insecticide should be kept out of reach.

Veterinary Products  

Chewable medications (pain medications, incontinence medications, calming treats) are dangerous when not given as directed.

Human Food

Read more about foods that should not be given to your pets. Protein and snack bars, grapes/raisins, xylitol, onion, garlic, and chocolate can be very dangerous. 

infographic of toxic food for dogs

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