What’s Toxic to Dogs? 

Preparation is key when it comes to being a pet parent. To keep your dog safe, you need to keep all things that can harm them out of their reach such as toxic foods, chemicals, medications, etc. Below is a list of common poisonous items that may be in your very own home.  

  1. Foods – Consumption of foods such as chocolate, grapes, and xylitol can all have adverse effects on dogs. Theobromine is a chemical found in chocolate that can cause poisoning in dogs. Xylitol is found in sugarless gum and candy that can cause a severe drop in blood sugar and possible liver failure. Ingesting a small number of grapes can lead to kidney failure.  
  2. Medications – A range of medications from human NSAIDs to ADHD/ADD medications to veterinary pain relivers can all lead to poisoning in dogs. Human NSAIDs ingestion such as ibuprofen can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers as well as kidney failure. Just a small dosage of ADD/ADHD medications can lead to life threatening tremors, seizures, elevated body temperature and heart problems. Veterinary pain relievers are used to treat pain and inflammation in dogs. An overdose of the medication can lead to severe gastric ulceration and acute kidney failure.   
  3. Cleaning Products – Household cleaners can contain highly acidic or alkaline properties. Toilet bowl cleaners, lye, drain cleaners, rust removers, and calcium/lime removers are particularly dangerous. Ingestion of these products can cause poisoning so you must take caution when cleaning.  
  4. Rodenticides – These poisons contain a variety of active chemicals and are highly toxic to pups. Ingestion of mouse and rat poisons can lead to internal bleeding, brain swelling, kidney failure, severe vomiting, and bloating.  

Your home needs to be a safe space for your furry friend, so being prepared is key. If you suspect that your pup has ingested any toxins listed above, contact your veterinarian and Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 for life-saving advice. If you have any questions or concerns about potential poisons, do not hesitate to reach out to the trusted experts at Pet Poison Helpline.