PoisonSomething that all dog and pet owners should be aware of is foodstuffs and other things that can be poisonous or toxic to our furkids, so here are a couple of lists which I will add to and update as I come across additional items. And of course if you have anything to add, please, please add it!!!

Concerned that your pet may have consumed or ingested something poisonous? Please see What To Do If You Pet Has Been Poisoned

From the Humane Society of the United States

Foods Potentially Poisonous to Pets

The following foods may be dangerous to your pet:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados—toxic to birds, mice, rabbits, horses, cattle, and dairy goats
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets, and any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)
  • Grapes
  • 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
  • Tea (caffeine)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Sources: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, The Toronto Humane Society, and St. John’s Poison Resource Center


    From the Humane Society of the United States

    PoisonCommon Poisonous Plants

    While plants add a touch of color and fragrance to our daily lives they also inject an element of danger into the lives of our pets. More than 700 plants have been identified as producing physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. Poisonous plants produce a variety of toxic substances and cause reactions ranging from mild nausea to death. Certain animal species may have a peculiar vulnerability to a potentially poisonous plant.

    Below is a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals. This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

    Aconite roots, foliage, seeds garden flower
    Apple seeds cultivated tree
    Arrowgrasses leaves marsh plants
    Atropa belladonna entire plant esp. seeds, roots garden herb
    Autumn Crocus entire plant garden flower
    Azaleas entire plant cultivated & wild shrub
    Baneberry berries, roots wildflower
    Bird-of-Paradise pods garden flower
    Black locust entire plant esp. bark, shoots tree
    Bloodroot entire plant esp. stem, roots wildflower, herb
    Box entire plant esp. leaves ornamental shrub
    Buckeye sprouts, nuts, seeds tree
    Buttercup entire plant esp. leaves wildflower, garden herb
    Caladium entire plant house plant
    Carolina jessamine flowers, leaves ornamental plant
    Castor bean entire plant esp. beans house plant
    Chinaberry tree berries tree
    Chockcherries leaves, cherries, pit wild shrub
    Christmas berry leaves shrub
    Christmas Rose rootstock, leaves garden flower
    Common privet leaves, berries ornamental shrub
    Corn cockle seeds wildflower, weed
    Cowbane entire plant esp. roots wildflower, herb
    Cow cockle seeds wildflower, weed
    Cowslip entire plant esp. leaves, stem wildflower, herb
    Daffodil bulbs garden flower
    Daphne bark, berries, leaves ornamental shrub
    Day lily entire plant is toxic to cats garden & wildflower
    Death Camas leaves, stems, seeds, flowers field herb
    Delphinium (Larkspur) entire plant esp. sprouts wildflower
    Dumbcane entire plant house plant
    Dutchman’s breeches roots, foliage wild & garden flower
    Easter lily entire plant is toxic to cats flowering house plant
    Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, buds tree
    Elephant’s ear entire plant house plant
    English Ivy entire plant esp. leaves, berries ornamental vine
    European Bittersweet entire plant esp. berries vine
    False Flax seeds wild herb
    False hellebore roots, leaves, seeds ornamental flower
    Fan weed seeds wildflower, herb
    Field peppergrass seeds wildflower, herb
    Flax seedpods wildflower, herb
    Foxglove leaves wild & garden flower
    Holly berries shrub
    Horsechestnut nuts, sprouts tree
    Horse nettle entire plant esp. berries wildflower, herb
    Hyacinth bulbs wild & house plant
    Iris leaves, roots wild & garden flower
    Jack-in-the-pulpit entire plant esp. roots, leaves wildflower
    Jatropha seeds tree, shrub
    Jerusalem Cherry unripe fruit, foliage ornamental plant
    Jimsonweed entire plant esp. seeds field plant
    Laburum seeds, pods, flowers ornamental plant
    Lantana foliage house plant
    Larkspur young plants wildflower
    Laurels leaves shrub
    Lily of the valley leaves, flowers garden & wildflower
    Lupines seeds, pods shrub
    Manchineel Tree sap, fruit tree
    Matrimony vine leaves, shoots ornamental vine
    Mayapple unripe fruit, roots, foliage wildflower
    Milk vetch entire plant wildflower
    Mistletoe berries house plant
    Monkshood entire plant esp. roots, seeds wildflower
    Moonseed fruit, roots vine
    Morning glory seeds, roots wildflower
    Mountain mahogany leaves shrub
    Mustards seeds wildflower
    Narcissus bulbs garden flower
    Nicotiana leaves garden flower
    Nightshade leaves, berries wildflower, vine
    Oaks shoots, leaves tree
    Oleander leaves ornamental shrub
    Philodendrons entire plant house plant
    Pokeweed roots, seeds, berries field plant
    Poinsettia leaves, stem, flowers house plant
    Poison hemlock leaves, stem, fruit field plant
    Potato shoots, sprouts garden plant
    Rattle box entire plant wildflower
    Rhododendron leaves ornamental shrub
    Rhubarb leaves garden plant
    Rosary pea seeds house plant
    Sago palm entire plant esp seeds ornamental plant
    Skunk cabbage entire plant esp roots, leaves marsh plant
    Smartweeds sap wildflower
    Snow-on-the-mountain sap field plant
    Sorghum leaves grass
    Star of Bethlehem entire plant wildflower
    Velvet grass leaves grass
    Wild black cherry leaves, pits tree
    Wild radish seeds wildflower
    Wisteria pods, seeds ornamental plant
    Woody aster entire plant wildflower
    Yellow jessamine entire plant ornamental vine
    Yellow oleander entire plant esp. leaves garden plant
    Yellow pine flax entire plant esp. seedpods wildflower
    Yew bark, leaves, seeds ornamental tree


    Concerned that your pet may have consumed or ingested something poisonous? Please see What To Do If You Pet Has Been Poisoned

    Here are some additional items from the ASPCA

    Warm Weather Hazards
    – Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
    – Blue-green algae in ponds
    – Citronella candles
    – Cocoa mulch
    – Compost piles Fertilizers
    – Flea products
    – Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
    – Swimming-pool treatment supplies
    – Fly baits containing methomyl
    – Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

    Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:
    – Pain killers
    – Cold medicines
    – Anti-cancer drugs
    – Antidepressants
    – Vitamins
    – Diet Pills

    Cold Weather Hazards
    – Antifreeze
    – Liquid potpourri
    – Ice melting products
    – Rat and mouse bait

    Common Household Hazards
    – Fabric softener sheets
    – Mothballs
    – Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

    Holiday Hazards
    – Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
    – Electrical cords
    – Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
    – Batteries
    – Glass ornaments

    Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats

    The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:
    – Water-based paints
    – Toilet bowl water
    – Silica gel
    – Poinsettia
    – Cat litter
    – Glue traps
    – Glow jewelry

    Concerned that your pet may have consumed or ingested something poisonous? Please see What To Do If You Pet Has Been Poisoned

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