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Common Household Toxins

In Case of Emergency   |   Emergency Tips   |   Basic First Aid   |   Common Household Toxins

Mouse/Rat Poisoning - Clinical signs after ingestion are bruising of the skin, rapid breathing, and bloody vomit or stool. If you suspect your pet has ingested poison, bring your pet and the toxin packet to a veterinarian immediately.

Human Drugs - Owners accidentally administer their own prescribed medication to their pets. In this situation poison control should be called for recommendations on specific treatments

Antifreeze - If a pet is suspected of having ingested antifreeze (2 tablespoons can be toxic to a small dog or cat) go directly to a veterinary facility (ask if they have the test for antifreeze toxicity and the specific antidote). Signs that may be observed after ingestion of antifreeze are: abnormal behavior, staggering gait, vomiting, seizures, and excessive urination initially, but these progresses to no urine production. Addressing this type of toxicity in a timely fashion can save your pet's life.

Organophosphates - (lawn fertilizers, weed killers, pet flea products, etc.) - Products containing organophosphates include but not inclusive are: certain flea dips/powders, many insecticides, and weed killers. Clinical signs are salivation, urination, diarrhea, tremors, and seizures.  If a topical product was applied, rinse the pet with a mild shampoo and warm water. Wrap in a towel and bring to a veterinarian as soon as possible if during regular business hours, or LIVS during the evenings, weekends or holidays.

The following foods may be dangerous for pets:

•    Alcoholic beverages
•    Apple seeds
•    Apricot pits
•    Avocados
•    Cherry pits
•    Candy (particularly chocolate, any containing Xylitol)
•    Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
•    Garlic
•    Grapes
•    Gum (may contain sweetener Xylitol)
•    Hops (used in home beer brewing)
•    Macadamia nuts
•    Moldy foods
•    Mushroom plants
•    Mustard seeds
•    Onions and onion powder
•    Peach pits
•    Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
•    Raisins
•    Rhubarb leaves
•    Salt
•    Soda
•    Tea (caffeine)
•    Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
•    Walnuts
•    Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
•    Yeast dough