There are many substances that are potentially toxic to pets, including some human foods or medications, as well as plants, cleaners and other chemicals. Common signs of toxicity poisoning are: drooling, trembling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and disorientation. Here are some commonly found toxic substances:

  • Human medications, including pain killers, cold medicines, antidepressants, vitamins
  • Rat poison, snail bait and fly bait
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener found in chewing gum, vitamins, candy, toothpaste)
  • Chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins
  • Many nuts and seeds, including almonds, macadamia nuts and fruit pits
  • Caffeine
  • Hops (beer)
  • Zinc (pennies)
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Nicotine
  • Many plants, including daffodil, iris and tulip bulbs (especially for cats)
  • Batteries
  • Antifreeze and many ice-melting products