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Animal Safety

In The Kitchen

Food such as grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure or death in dogs. Many people know that chocolate can be deadly if eaten by a dog. However, did you know that yeast containing dough, alcoholic beverages, avocado, and macadamia nuts could also be harmful to dogs?

Your Bathroom

Pain relieving drugs can be deadly for your pet. Cats should never be given acetaminophen-containing drugs, such as Tylenol®. Never given any supplements or drugs to your pet without talking with your veterinarian first. What may work well for humans could be deadly to pets.

Bedroom

Mothballs can cause deadly problems for your family pet. Mothballs can cause vomiting, seizures and death for dogs.

Living Room

Household plants or flowers within a table arrangement can cause health risks for your dog or cat. Easter lilies, tiger lilies, and day lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.

Garage or Yard

Antifreeze car coolants can cause renal failure and death in animals. Watch out for any liquids leaking from your car or truck. These chemicals can taste sweet and therefore enticing to any pet. Antifreeze can be deadly in very small amounts.

Pesticides like ant baits, slug or snail baits can be attractants for your pets as well. Many of these products are sweet smelling and tasting. Some even have ingredients like peanut butter, which many dogs cannot resist.

For all Animal Poison Emergencies, call the poison center or the Animal Poison Center (1 888 426-4435). Stay calm and be ready to provide the following information:

  • Your name and phone number
  • Name of the product
  • Pet information
  • Symptoms your pet is experiencing
  • Details about the exposure
For more information and prevention tips