Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested and concentration of the product
Common signs to watch for:
- Walking drunk
Most pesticides or insecticides (typically those that come in a spray can) are basic irritants to dogs and cats, and result in clinical signs of drooling, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In general, these are usually not a large poisoning concern unless the dog or cat directly ingested the product from the container or bag or if a pet’s symptoms become persistent. That said, there are some rare types of pesticides that are mixed with dangerous other chemicals or insecticides (such as organophosphates or carbamates), which can be life-threatening when consumed.
If you think your dog or cat was exposed to a pesticide, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment recommendations.
Poison type: Garage Items
Alternate names: Pyrethrins, pyrethroids, insecticides, herbicides