Household Pet Hazards

Keeping pets safe is something we take very seriously because we know how much your pet means to you. This list includes fast acting fatal toxins and the more long term, but still deadly types of toxins. In addition to many common plants, household cleaners, and medications, some foods are also harmful to pets. Please note this list is not complete but includes some of the more common household hazards.


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot, cherry and peach pits
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate (all forms, unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are especially toxic)
  • Coffee and caffeine products
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts
  • Some mushrooms
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions, garlic (including onion/garlic powder)
  • Potato leaves and stems
  • Salt (in large quantities)
  • Tea leaves
  • Raw yeast dough
  • Uncooked, rotten, or moldy food
  • Foods sweetened with xylitol (such as gum or candies)

Other Toxins:

  • Liquid potpourri
  • Some over-the-counter flea and tick products
  • Tobacco products
  • Algae
  • Compost (particularly if moldy)
  • Mothballs
  • Batteries
  • Insectides/pesticides/snail & slug bait
  • Lawn fertilizers
  • Household cleaners (bleach, fabric softeners, etc.)
  • De-icing salts
  • Lighters/lighting fluid
  • Pet’s prescription meds given at inappropriate dose (especially anti-inflammatory meds)
  • Many over-the-counter & prescription medications for humans such as:
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen (Advil), Naproxen (Aleve), Acetaminophen (Tylenol))
  • Cold and flu medications
  • Multivitamins
  • Diet pills
  • Anti-depressants

Possibly fatal if ingested:

  • Antifreeze/Coolants
  • Lilies (any type, ANY part of the plant --- deadly to cats)
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Rodenticides (any kind)
  • Cocoa bean shell mulch
  • Gorilla glue

Potential choking or objects that can cause foreign body: 

Bread twist ties, cotton swabs, plastic wrap, rubber bands, paper clips, Dental floss, string, yarn, ribbon, Nylons, socks, artificial Easter Grass, holiday tinsel, ornament hooks. Turkey, chicken, rib and other small animal bones are very different fromthe bones you find at the pet store. These small bones splinter easily and can cause serious internal damage if swallowed, so NEVER give them to your pet.

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