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Plants Poisonous to Dogs

Dogs and Plant Allergies

From the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center :

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

– Alcoholic beverages
– Avocado
– Chocolate (all forms)
– Coffee (all forms)
– Fatty foods
– Macadamia nuts
– Moldy or spoiled foods
– Onions, onion powder
– Raisins and grapes
– Salt
– Yeast dough
– Garlic
– Products sweetened with xylitol

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

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