ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline
Top Pet Poison Hazards
Human Medications: These include painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants, and dietary supplements.
Insecticides: Consult with a vet before beginning a flea/tick control program and follow label instructions on packages exactly. Use products specifically formulated for each pet’s species.
Veterinary Medications: Although these products are formulated for use in pets, it is very important to always read and follow label directions for use exactly.
Plants: Ingestion of toxic plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures, and even liver failure.
Rodenticides: Ingestion can lead to potentially life-threatening problems. Use only in areas inaccessible to pets.
Household Cleaners: Store all household cleaners and other chemicals in secure locations out of pets’ reach. Use only mild soaps when cleaning food and water bowls, crates or other pet items.
Chocolate: Chocolate can contain large amounts of fat and caffeine-like substances which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, and hyperactivity. In severe cases, chocolate can cause tremors, seizure, and death.
Chemical Hazards: Keep your pets away from commonly used chemicals such as antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners, and pool and spa chemicals.
Physical Hazards: Use caution with objects that pose a chocking hazard such as collars, adhesive, tape, bones, paper products. and other similar products. It is important to make sure that items that could easily be knocked over, broken, chewed up or swallowed are kept out of the reach of curious pets.