• Pumpkin Zoey
  • Chianti
  • Mouse
  • Sylvia
  • JellyBean

Many kinds of food, medications, plants, chemicals and other things that people use all the time that are toxic or poisonous to pets.  Some of the ones to watch out for include:


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocados
  • Chocolate (all forms, but especially dark)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Garlic
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Salt
  • Xylitol-sweetened products (includes gum)
  • Yeast dough

Emergency Phone Numbers

It’s a good idea to always keep the numbers for your regular veterinarian, an emergency veterinary clinic, and poison control hotlines in an easily accessible, prominent location.  If you suspect that your pet has been exposed to or ingested a toxic substance, try to note the time of exposure, the type of product (especially helpful if you have a manufacturer’s label), and any abnormal symptoms or behaviors.  The more information that you can provide, the better a veterinary can diagnose the problem.  Always keep a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3% USP) on hand in case of accidental poisoning, but do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by your veterinarian or poison control center.

There are two major Poison Control Hotlines:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)

The APCC is a 24-hour hotline for any animal poison-related emergency.  Its staff consists of 25 veterinarians, including six board-certified toxicologists experienced in how different species respond to different toxins.  A $50.00 consultation fee is charged to the caller’s major credit card for using this service.

Animal Poison Hotline

Sponsored by the North Shore Animal League and PROSAR International Animal Poison Center, this 24-hour service provides expert advice from licensed veterinary professionals as well as toxicology and pharmacology specialists.  There is a $35.00 consultation fee which is billed to the caller’s major credit card.

Being aware of potential dangers and toxins and alert to your pet’s behavior will help keep your pet safe and healthy.


  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Cold medicine
  • Diet pills
  • Pain killers
  • Vitamins

Common Household Hazards

  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Mothballs
  • Post-1982 pennies (high zinc concentration)


There are dozens of plants that are poisonous to pets. You should be concerned if your pet eats any type of plant and shows any change in his/her behavior or digestive system.  Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Seasonal Hazards

  • Antifreeze
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Compost pile fertilizers
  • Flea products not used as prescribed
  • Fly baits caontaining methomyl
  • Ice-melting products
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
  • Pesticides (insecticides, rodenticides, etc.)
  • Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde
  • Swimming pool treatment supplies