Poisons and Other Household Hazards


Poisons

Strychnine is one of the most common fatal poisoning diagnosed in dogs. Strychnine is a commonly used rodenticide. It is also used in gopher baits. Domestic animals must be excluded from areas where rodent baits are placed.

Anti-Freeze Ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) is the most common fatal poisoning diagnosed in cats. Most cases are seen in the fall and winter. Anti-freeze has a sweet taste that many species of animals like.

Aspirin One adult aspirin given to a cat can kill. Check with your veterinarian before giving aspirin to your cat.

Acetaminophen, another common drug used for pain, should not be given to cats.

Food

keep all leftover food out of reach in a closed container. Many “people” foods can be harmful and even fatal when given to your pets.

Houseplants

Flowers and plants are beautiful and add so much to our homes and yards. But, did you know many common houseplants and flowers may be hazardous to your pet? Here is a list of just some of the many poisonous flowers and plants:

Aloe Vera,
Amaryllis,
Andromeda Japonica,
Apple (seeds and wilting leaves),
Apple Leaf Croton,
Asparagus Fern,
Autumn Crocus,
Azalea,
Baby's Breath,
Bird of Paradise,
Birdnest Sansovioria,
Bittersweet,
Branching Ivy,
Buckeye,
Buddhist Pine,
Caladium,
Calla Lily,
Carnation,
Castor Bean,
Ceriman,
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves),
Chinaberry Tree (berries, bark, leaves, flowers),
Chinese Evergreen,
Christmas cactus,
Christmas Rose,
Chrysanthemum,
Cineraria,
Clematis,
Coleus,
Cordatum,
Corn Plant,
Cornstalk Plant,
Croton,
Cuban Laurel,
Cycads,
Cyclamen,
Daffodil,
Daisy,
Day Lily (cats),
Dracaena,
Dragon Tree,
Dumb Cane (all types),
Easter Lily (especially cats),
Elaine,
Elephant Ears,
Emerald Feathers,
English Ivy,
Fiddle-leaf Fig,
Flamingo Plant,
Florida Beauty,
Foxglove,
Geranium,
German Ivy,
Glacier Ivy,
Glory Lily,
Golden Pothos,
Hahn's Self-Branching English Ivy,
Heavenly Bamboo,
Hibiscus,
Holly,
Hosta,
Hurricane Plant,
Hyacinth,
Hydrangea,
Indian Laurel,
Indian Rubber Plant,
Iris,
Japanese Show Lily (especially cats),
Jade Plant,
Jerusalem Cherry,
Kalanchoe (Panda Bear Plant),
Lily of the Valley,
Macadamia nut,
Madagascar Dragon Tree,
Marble Queen,
Marijuana,
Mexican Breadfruit,
Miniature Croton,
Mistletoe,
Morning Glory,
Mother-in-Law's Tongue,
Narcissus,
Needlepoint Ivy,
Nephthytis,
Nightshade,
Norfolk Pine,
Onion,
Oriental Lily (especially cats),
Peace Lily,
Peach (wilting leaves and pits),
Pencil Cactus,
Philodendron,
Plumosa Fern,
Poinsettia (low toxicity),
Poison Ivy,
Poison Oak,
Pothos,
Precatory Bean,
Primrose (Primula),
Red Emerald,
Red Lily (especially cats),
Red Princess,
Rhododendron,
Ribbon Plant,
Rubrum Lily (especially cats),
Sago Palm,
Satin Pothos,
Schefflera,
Silver Pothos,
Stargazer Lily (especially cats),
String of Pearls/Beads,
Sweet Pea,
Sweetheart Ivy,
Swiss Cheese Plant,
Taro Vine,
Tiger Lily (especially cats),
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem & leaves),
Tulip,
Variegated Rubber Plant,
Wandering Jew,
Weeping Fig,
Western Lily (especially cats),
Wood Lily (especially cats),
Yesterday,
Today and Tomorrow,
Yew,
Yucca.

If you suspect your pet has gotten into a potentially poisonous substance, call your veterinarian immediately! Have the telephone number to your local emergency animal hospital readily available, as well as the number for the national animal poison control center.


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