Thousands of dogs are poisoned every year, leading to serious illness and death. The good news is that you can help prevent this from happening to your pet, since the causes are usually common household products, flowers and plants, certain human foods and everyday medicines.
Symptoms of poisoning include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and breathing problems. Other more serious health conditions include seizures and coma.
If you suspect your dog has been poisoned, stay calm, act quickly and seek immediate care from your healthcare professional. You can also call the PET POISON HELPLINE at 1-855 213-6680, which       has medical professionals available to assist you for a one-time fee of $49 for this service. Or you can call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at1-888 426-4435.
Gather any potentially poisonous substances you believe your dog may have ingested. This information will assist your healthcare professional or the poison control hotline in determining an appropriate treatment plan.
Prevention Tips:
  • Secure (child-proof) all cabinets containing chemicals, cosmetics, pesticides, household         cleaning items and medications.
  • Store any food that may be harmful to your dog out of his reach (see list below). Be mindful of placing food on counters and tabletops.
  • Ensure that your dog cannot access household plants or potentially harmful outdoor plants       (see list below).
  • Close toilet seat lids to prevent your dog from drinking the water, which may contain harmful chemicals and cleaning products.
 Potentially Toxic Human Food:
  • Alcohol
  • Avocados
  • Bread dough
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Dairy
  • Peaches and plums (pits are dangerous)
  • Alcohol and coffee
  • Xylitol (sugar free gums or candy)
 Potentially Toxic Plants:
  • Azaleas
  • Daffodils
  • English Ivy
  • Foxglove
  • Hemlock
  • Mushrooms
  • Mistletoe
  • Oleander
  • Peace Lily
  • Rhododendrons
  • Tulips
 Potentially Toxic Chemicals and Medicines:
  • Antifreeze
  • Household cleaning products
  • Gardening chemicals
  • Human medicine
  • Pesticides
Prevention is the name of the game! Keep these and other products out of harm’s way.


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